Let's watch Hall of Famer Mike Piazza make his biggest defensive play of his career: 9th inning of Game 5 of the 2000 World Series. Game is tied 2-2; Met's starter Al Leiter is gutting it out on his 142nd pitch of the night. Luis Sojo bleeds one through the IF, but Mets CF Jay Payton charges the ball and makes a great throw that is going to nail Jorge Posada at the plate.
But wait. Hall of Famer Mike Piazza makes the cardinal defensive sin of allowing the runner to get in between him and the throw. Why isn't he in front of the plate, so he can catch Payton's bulls' eye pea and slap Posada with the tag? Well, because he sucked, that's why. As my old HS coach use to say, if the ball hits the runner, that means he could have been out.
For good measure, due to Piazza's suckdom, an insurance run crosses the plate, pretty much ending the Mets' dreams.
Touch them all, Mike. You'll never blow a bigger play.
Now let's watch a guy who won two World Series show how you defend a play like this at the plate. When defending at a base, NEVER let the runner get in between you and the throw. NEVER.