Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa managed to foul a pitch right off his own helmet
The 2016 season has been a historic one for #PitchersWhoRake. There have been bat flips. There have been DH appearances. There was even talk of pitchers going where no pitcher has gone before: the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. Truly, this is a revolutionary age.
But amid all the great progress being made at the dish, it's important to remember that #notallpitchers share their peers' enthusiasm for hitting. For every secret slugger, there's a guy hitting below the Mendoza Line. For every Madison Bumgarner, there's a Jorge De La Rosa, just trying to escape an at-bat during the Rockies' 11-2 win over the Braves on Friday without fouling a ball off his own helmet:
He was able to keep things in perspective after the game, though: "It was really fast," he told MLB.com's Thomas Harding. "Thank God it hit me in my helmet and not my face."
De La Rosa did recover to throw six innings of two-run ball while picking up the win. And besides, look on the bright side, Jorge -- at least you didn't end up striking yourself out.