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.
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?
“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.
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.
Adam Wainwright has thrown 1,770.1 innings in his career. Yadier Molina has caught 1,500.1 of them (roughly 85%).
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) April 5, 2017
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.