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Adam Wainwright Threw a Pitch Straight Into the Ground, and He Says It Was on Purpose

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With an 0-2 count against the pitcher, Jake Arrieta, in the fourth inning of yesterday’s Cubs/Cards match-up, Cardinals’ righty Adam Wainwright unleashed what was probably the single worst pitch I’ve ever witnessed – and I think I may even be including most ceremonial first pitches in that assessment.

See if for yourself:

This immediately comes to mind:

But apparently, it wasn’t quite the “accident,” that it seems. In fact, according to Wainwright, he actually did that ON PURPOSE.

Yeah …. we’ll be the judges of that.

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So what was his big excuse? What was it that made him throw that pitch like he just stuck his hand into a jar filled with honey?

Well, at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals’ beat writer Derrick Goold has the scoop:

“I saw him [catcher Yadier Molina] shift outside and I was looking at a different part of the plate,” Wainwright explained after the Cardinals’ 2-1 loss to the Cubs.

“When I saw that, instantly – and I saw it before – I thought he was looking for a breaking ball and I had fastball grip. I did not want to throw a ball and hit him in the collarbone or something and have Yadier out. I pull-hooked it and erred on the side of not hitting him – by 20, 30 yards.”

I think that’s what they – in the business – like to call a likely story. But okay, I’m listening.


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In Wainwright’s defense, the Cardinals did, in fact, switch up their signs when the Cubs got a runner to second base earlier in the game, according to Goold. So however unlikely it seems, it is possible the two simply got confused.

Then again:

After the wild pitch, Molina reportedly went up to Wainwright to offer a suggestion in case this situation ever happens again: Next time, just throw it. I’ll catch it. 

Sounds like a plan.


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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.

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