>Perhaps you were wondering, “Why ‘Bases Loaded Balk’?” Perhaps you were not. Regardless of the side of the fence you sit when it comes to this epic question, I’m going to let you know.

For those who don’t know what a balk is in the first place, it is an illegal move on the part of a pitcher which results in the runners on base moving up a base. You can read more about it here; if you don’t have anything better to do.

In short a balk with the bases loaded would advance all runners and score the runner from third. Teams have actually lost games because of a balk with a runner on third. It’s really sad. It’s the absolute worst way to lose a game. It’s also hilarious… as long as it doesn’t happen to your team.

The most recent example of a “balk-off” win comes from the Dodgers-Diamonbacks game on Memorial Day 2010. Casey Blake scored the winning run when Esmerling Vasquez (yes, that’s really his last name), you guessed it, balked.