José Martínez saluting Wander Suero after his strikeout reminds us all not to take life too seriously
Strikeout rates have increased the last few seasons in baseball, but the common all-or-nothing approach is not the only reason. Pitchers are also throwing harder than ever, and it's becoming incredibly difficult to simply make contact ... even when you're scorching hot.
Suffice it to say, Martínez was feeling pretty good about himself when he faced Nationals reliever
Well, given the way the at-bat ended, it was a mismatch, but not the one we expected. Suero looked filthy:
Anyone know if Wander Suero's changeup is dirty? pic.twitter.com/6GUH29x2H7— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 1, 2019
Martínez didn't take it too hard. He was even laughing after the strikeout and saluting Suero for the impressive K.
I love it. It's just a game after all, and the Cardinals ended up winning anyway, 3-2.
If you can't laugh at yourself for your most goofy moments, then you're not truly living life. Isn't that right, José?
Andrew Mearns is a writer for Cut4 whose baseball obsession was born from the shattered dreams of Mike Mussina's perfect game attempt in 2001. He has a startling memory of World Series highlights that barely functions as a party trick.