I got this one from one of the most funniest guys I’ve ever had the privilege to know. He was a first baseman that held down that job on two separate clubs that I was with - and he had no equal.
His imagination would work overtime with runners on first. And here’s one number that he’d work.
With a runner on his bag, he’d play just behind him so he couldn’t really see what was going on behind him. The runner would naturally think that he’d be cutting off the view of the batter and any hit in his direction … but the joke was on the base runner.
Behind the base runner this first baseman would make a tick-tack-doe square, then mark an “X”. Then when the base runner would waltz back to the bag for a retouch - the first baseman would glance down at the tick-tack-doe area with a look of " so, what-do you think?" Without fail, the guy would give a second glance down and momentarily stare … just enough time for …PICK OFF!!!.
Never seen it fail!