Stick’em up

Posted: April 7, 2017 by souldysfunction in General Sports Rant, MLB
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Okay you can put your hands down, this isn’t a train robbery. It is however one of the weirdest things I have ever seen in my life.

People that is not photoshopped. That is actually a major league baseball stuck to Yadier Molinas chest protector.

Is Molina made of velcro? Did that phrase “I’m rubber and your glue” statement actually come true? Did physics finally break with the weight of Trump winning the presidency? Did Bizarro Molina replace our Cardinals catcher?

Honestly there is not a great explanation for this unprecedented situation. There are some thoughts on it but no one is rushing to ‘examine’ them.

1. Pine Tar

First it could be pine tar that is on his chest protector that the ball stuck itself too. Everyone knows the majority of players in the MLB use pine tar to get a better grip on their bat so it doesn’t go flying out of their hands when they swing for the fences. It could be that Molina grabbed his chest protector with pine tar on his hands and it just happened to get on there. Problem, Yadier wears batting gloves. Most of the pine tar would be on the gloves not his hands. What if someone else handed him his chest protector that had just lubed up on pine tar? Possible but eh… kind of a stretch.

2. Velcro


3. Impact force upon said chest protector

Lance Lynn doesn’t throw that hard and the ball bounced in the dirt before it attached itself to Molina so No.

4. The Force is strong with Molina

This is quite the possibility and I won’t discount it.

5. Stick’em

There is this closely guarded secret goop stuff that magically exists for pitchers to get a better grip on the ball just like batters do with pine tar. The thing about stick’em is it is like “don’t tell don’t ask”. Some retired guys will admit to using some such thing but it is the quickest way to end a conversation. We all kind of know they use it but NO ONE talks about it.

Why would Molina have stick’em or pine tar on his chest if this benefits the pitchers grip? One clear answer is so that the pitcher doesn’t have any foreign substances on him and Molina easily adds a bit of ‘grip’ to the ball before he throws it back to the pitcher on the mound.

Is this legal? Not really Does everyone do it? Yes they do. Should we be upset about it? No not at all. Look if the pitcher needs to get a better grip on the ball so he can throw a 100 mph fastball and actually locate it rather then throw it and hit the batter with it then let him use something. Seriously just like pine tar for the batters the pitchers need something as well. I just wish it wasn’t so hush hush don’t talk about it.

Here is the whole at bat. Like I said, I got no problem with this and I’m actually surprised that it doesn’t happen more often.

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