Catcher Bryan Holaday's knuckleball is so nasty it put Eduardo Nunez on his backside
For those of us who consider position players pitching in real, actual Major League games an event worthy of its own bat signal, Friday was Christmas, New Year's and Valentine's Day in one: The 19-inning Indians-Blue Jays marathon gave us not one, but two fielders on the mound, and Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney didn't disappoint. There were pitches to the backstop. There were hilarious strikeouts. But it was all mere prelude to the glory that was Bryan Holaday's relief appearance the next day.
With the Rangers trailing the Twins big on Saturday afternoon, Texas called on Holaday -- who, we feel compelled to remind you, is a catcher by trade -- to come in and mop up the final four outs of the game. Little did we know, America's latest knuckleballing sensation had been born. Holaday not only pitched a perfect 1 1/3 innings in the Rangers' 17-5 loss, he buckled poor Eduardo Nunez with a 60-mph knuckler:
If Holaday isn't immediately inserted into the rotation, the Rangers have done us all a great disservice.