In the fourth inning of the Cubs-Cardinals game on Tuesday, Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright threw probably the wildest wild pitch you’ll ever see in your life.
It not only missed the batter’s box, it went up the first base line.
🚨This is not a strike 🚨 pic.twitter.com/0KH10nfyYZ
— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) April 5, 2017
Believe it or not, there was a method to Wainwright’s badness. It was actually to protect his catcher, Yadier Molina, on an 0-2 pitch to Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta where the battery got its wires crossed.
“I saw him shift outside and I was looking at a different part of the plate,” Wainwright told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after the game — which the Cubs won 2-1. “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.”
He continued: “In that spot, I know I’m 0-2 on the pitcher. Even though he’s a good hitter I feel like I can get him. It’s going to be a wild pitch. I’d rather have a wild pitch and second and third with a 1-2 count and one out than have Yadier on a stretcher.”
He was right. On the next pitch he struck out Arrieta, and even though runners on first and second advanced on his wild pitch, neither scored in that inning.
But even Wainwright admitted that the wild pitch was “one of the worst of all time, by the way.”
Unless you count celebrity first pitches.
Adam Wainwright’s wild pitch tonight was ridiculous but his reaction was just so darned cute. pic.twitter.com/UqiKNkSV2F
— Denlesks (@Denlesks) April 5, 2017
(That’s Mariah Carey.) Here are a few more of the absolute worst.
Wainwright added that Molina told him next time just to throw it anyway, he’ll catch it.
“He’s probably one of the only people in the world that could do that,” he said. “No reason to risk it.”
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