steal a base

steal a base

Fig. to sneak from one base to another in baseball. The runner stole second base, but he nearly got put out on the way. Tom runs so slowly that he never tries to steal a base.
See also: base, steal
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Indeed, Henderson is adamant that he can play in the major leagues, saying he can steal a base in his sleep.
Any time you move a runner, steal a base, sacrifice a guy up, it's magnified.
But when I do steal a base I know here is $5 that's going to help these kids,'' he said.