Colorado Rockies Video: Tony Wolters Knocks The Cover Off the Baseball
Tony Wolters pulled off a rare feat on Tuesday night during the Colorado Rockies’ 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres, literally knocking the cover off the ball during his seventh-inning at-bat.
On the first pitch he saw from Padres reliever Miguel Diaz, Wolters fought off a changeup and put the ball into play. Diaz fielded the ball, with the cover coming off, and tried to throw the ball to first base. With the cover dangling, the ball never made it to first base. Wolters reached and Diaz was charged with an error after his throw (yes, his throw of a damaged baseball) pulled first baseman Wil Myers off the bag.
"“That was kind of cool, right?” Wolters smiled and told Rox Pile and other reporters after the game. “After the play, they threw it (the baseball) to their dugout. I was like, ‘Come on. Let me have that ball.’”"
You can see the play below.
"“I’ve seen it happen before,” Wolters said of the baseball being damaged by an at-bat. “It happens with changeups hit off the cap and cuts the ball. I saw it. I thought, ‘OK, there’s a chance.’ I’m running hard. I thought the ball might do something crazy and Myers came off the bag.”"
From the dugout, Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon saw the play unfolding as well.
"“That was awesome,” Blackmon told Rox Pile. “I saw it come off the bat. I saw that little flap and thought, ‘This is going to be an interesting throw.’ That’s a tough play anyway. Awkward ball flight and it changed direction. To pick it up and have that flap hanging off, that has to be a tough play to make.”"
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Wolters would end up stranded on the bases and the play ultimately didn’t hurt the Padres. Still, it proves you never know what you’ll see on a given night during a baseball game.