Xander Bogaerts had a rough day Sunday.
The 21-year-old shortstop fielded a grounder near second base, ran to the bag for the tag, and then threw to first for what he thought was an inning-ending double play.
The "neighborhood rule" came back to haunt the rookie.
Bogaerts learned a valuable lesson on the play.
"I say baseball experience is baseball experience," said Neumeier. "You get in a batter's box, whether it's at Pawtucket or it's at Tiger Stadium. But when you do it at Tiger Stadium the whole world is watching. When you do it at Pawtucket a smaller world is watching, a very tiny world is watching."
Lou Merloni explains that learning lessons like that is much easier at the Triple-A level.
"You learn those sort of things," said Merloni. "So when you get up here, they don't happen. This is the reason why you see young mistakes, there's just not enough experience."
Steve Buckley suggested even broadcasters need to hone their skills in the minor leagues.
"I can't help but point out, Neumy," said Buckley. "you didn't start with the Bruins. You were with the Whalers in the WHA for several years, learning the game before you went to the big time. You see how it works?"
"At any job, really. You got to be ready for it." agreed Neumeier. "If you're a TV person out of Syracuse University, two years you don't go to the Today Show as the host."