No Fear: Pirates Catcher Tony Sanchez Tumbles Head-First Into Dugout to Catch Foul Ball (Video)
The Pittsburgh Pirates broke their 20-season losing streak this season. They came close the last two seasons but stumbled down the stretch. However, this year they did not wilt and will almost certainly be playing postseason baseball—whether it’s as the NL Central Champions, or as one of the two Wild Card winners.
Quite understandably, this has everyone in Pittsburgh pretty pumped up. And I’m not just talking about the fans, either. In previous years, by this time in the season Pirates players would be thinking about their contract status and staying healthy for next season. They’re not used to thinking, “must win at all costs.” But now? Now it’s different. Now the team’s backup catcher is diving into the visiting team’s dugout to catch a foul ball—with a 9-1 lead in the eighth inning!
No joke. During yesterday’s rubber match against the San Diego Padres at PNC Park, the Pirates had a 9-1 lead against the Padres in the 8th inning, which put their chances of winning the game at about 99.999%. However, that didn’t stop catcher Tony Sanchez from being a total badass and tumbling head-first into the Padres’ dugout to get the first out of the inning.
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Things certainly have changed in Pittsburgh, haven’t they? You gotta love it.