Matt Wieters is a cyborg
For the second time this week, Matt Wieters was involved in a collision at the plate, and for the second time, Wieters came out on top.
Unlike in Boston on Sunday though, Tampa infielder Sean Rodriguez really tried to bring the lumber, throwing a forearm shiver to Wieters’ facemask.
If Wieters had dropped the ball Sunday, the Red Sox would have won the game on the play. If he’d dropped it last night, Nick Johnson’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning would have only tied the game, instead of giving the O’s a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish.
Matt Wieters does not drop the ball.
After the play, Buck Showalter and trainer Richie Bancells came out to check on Matt, who was bleeding from his jaw. If it were me, Rodriguez would have heard some chin music in his next at bat. Apparently that’s not something Buck is down with though, as we saw earlier this week with Josh Hamilton.
Anyway, Matt Wieters. Watch it twice below – the first time on Gary Thorne’s MASN call, and the second time with Fred Manfra’s on radio.