With the Cubs trailing 6-0 in the top of the ninth inning, Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras drove a Cody Allen pitch deep to right field. Clearly pleased with himself, the rookie admired the fly ball and discarded his bat with flair before realizing the ball wasn’t going to carry out of the park for a home run.
Contreras was able to make it into second base safely for a double after the ball caromed off the fence. It’s doubtful he could have had a triple if he’d hustled out of the box. Throw in the fact that his run was mostly meaningless and one can say that this miscalculation didn’t hurt his team.
But, man, that’s embarrassing. Even the pro-bat flip crowd has to admit that down six runs in the ninth inning of the World Series is not the time and place for theatrics. And if you’re going to do it, it has to be a no-doubter.
I can’t imagine a person thinking this doesn’t look stupid but I’m sure there will be angry people who use all sorts of mental gymnastics in order to defend Contreras’ indefensible moment.