Yadier Molina Makes Baseball History Three Times in One Week
Baseball often trots out a list of historical achievements that will never be surpassed.
To name a few of the usual feats:
- Cy Young's 511 wins;
- Old Hoss Radburn's 59 wins in a season;
- Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak; and
- Hack Wilson's 191 RBI's in a season.
St Louis Cardinals catcher and possible future Hall-of-Famer Yadier Molina has had many iconic days in the sun during his career. He added an assortment of achievements this week that will surely stand as the most unique trifecta to ever span the many facts of the game:
- Dude became the first player ever to walk on four raised fingers;
- He became the first catcher to sign a contract worth $20million a year; and
- He became the first catcher to have a pitched ball stick to his chest protector.
When asked how the latter could happen, Molina gave a sideways response that would put a tear in any politician's eye:
|Did I put anything on my chest protector to stick? That's a dumb question.|
Of course it's a dumb question. How else would a ball easily attach to a relatively flat surface?
Catchers, too, often enhance their grip by putting pine tar on, say, their shin guards. Who's to say Molina didn't use his chest protector instead?
The Chicago Cubs took it all in stride, then and two batters later.
That's when, after a walk, Kyle Schwarber blasted a three-run homer that gave them a 6-4 comeback victory.
Right about then, Molina probably woulda been satisfied to raise just one finger.
At the ball.