Even for us, a group of Cubs fans very familiar with Albert Almora Jr.’s typical 110% effort in the outfield (never with a regard for his own body), this was an exceptionally tough play to watch.
I really hope he is okay, because, man … that looked like it hurt.
Sending our best wishes to Albert Almora Jr., who had to leave tonight's game after a collision with the centerfield wall.
Almora was able to get up and walk off the field under his own power. pic.twitter.com/OAtohVGs3D
— SNY (@SNYtv) May 12, 2021
Albert Almora Jr. appears to be in some severe pain after sprinting face-first into the center-field fence in pursuit of a fly ball. He caught it for a brief second, but the ball popped out of his glove upon impact. He's in clear pain.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 12, 2021
Naturally, Albert Almora Jr. basically *made* that catch (it fell out of his glove, but he got it). But he stayed down on the field for a while thereafter and was removed from the game. I hope he’s okay, because that truly was about as hard as anyone I’ve ever seen hit the wall.
Evidently, he told the crowd that he’s “alright” on his way out.
A positive sign, as Almora was exiting the field, he looked up at the crowd and said: “I’m alright. I’m alright.”
— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) May 12, 2021
Here’s Almora (in the past) discussing go all out for a catch, at the expense of his body/the wall.
I caught it…
— Albert Almora Jr. (@albertalmora) May 12, 2021