Yadier Molina is a terrific defensive catcher. He is especially skilled at smothering pitches in the dirt. A tiny bit of his success can be attributed to his ability to wear an especially sticky chest protector. Like, this sticky.
Molina’s inability to find the magic baseball allowed Matt Szczur to reach first base on a strikeout. Kyle Schwarber blasted a three-run homer later in the inning, so the velcro protector is not without its risks.