The St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, but starting pitcher Adam Wainwright still provided a light-hearted moment for Cardinal fans.
While facing his counterpart, Jake Arrieta, in the fourth inning, he delivered one of the worst pitches you’ll ever witness, chucking the ball into the ground nowhere near home plate, as you can see in the video below:
Wainwright battled back and struck out Arrieta (as well as the following hitter), but he’ll be hearing about that travesty of a pitch for a long time.
After the game, Wainwright was asked about the pitch, which will go down as one of the worst in MLB history. He explained to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it was simply a communication error between him and catcher Yadier Molina:
“I saw him shift outside and I was looking at a different part of the plate,” Wainwright said. “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.”
Considering the fact that Molina just signed a three-year, $60 million extension with the Cardinals, fans and team executives alike will be happy to hear that Waino did what he could to avoid injuring the star catcher.
To avoid further embarrassment, though, Wainwright and Molina will need to do what they can to make sure they’re on the same page moving forward.