Yadier Molina is one of the best catchers in the game, and has been for a while (that’s probably why the Cardinals just rewarded him with a brand new $60 million extension). But the old saying, “It happens to the best of us!” is no joke, as Molina can now probably attest.
In the top of the seventh inning of today’s Cubs/Cardinals tilt, pinch hitter Matt Szczur took the at-bat for John Lackey and quickly fell to two strikes. But on the third strike, Molina couldn’t quite glove the ball and the drop third strike was initiated. Typically, the catcher would just reach down, grab the ball, and fire it to first …
… But that’s only when he knows where the ball is:
File this under things you’ve never seen before … pic.twitter.com/zgr3eT8HP8
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 6, 2017
In case you can’t quite tell what happened there …
That was one of the funniest things ever! Drop third strike is stuck to Molina's chest protector and he can't find it as Szczur reaches.
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) April 6, 2017
The ball, apparently, missed Molina’s glove and got stuck to (what appears to be) some pine tar. As Molina was frustratingly looking around for it, the rest of the baseball world had a good laugh. Oh man … too funny. (Szczur went on to score (giving the Cubs the lead) on Kyle Schwarber’s home run later in the inning).
It’s okay, Yadi, go get em next time.
By the way, has anyone seen Molina’s hat? He’s missing it.