For the second time this year, a Gerrit Cole pickoff attempt tore a hole in Pedro Alvarez's glove
Cole throws another pickoff through Alvarez's glove
Earlier this season, Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole fired a pickoff attempt straight through Pedro Alvarez's glove, laying bare his superhuman strength for the world to see:
It was a harrowing moment, and we ended our investigative report with a sense of foreboding:
Not only through gloves, but through universes -- those words seem terrifyingly prescient today. Because, if Saturday's Pirates-Reds game is any indication, Cole's pickoff throws have only increased in force in the ensuing months:
Clearly the hour is almost at hand, when Cole will rear back and fire a baseball not merely through Pedro Alvarez's glove, but through the very fabric of our space-time continuum. Who will rise up and stand against this menace? The world needs a hero, and we think we have an excellent candidate:
Help us, Mickey Hatcher. You're our only hope.