This week, on “when keeping it real” goes wrong.
Wilson Contreas was all fired up about launching a Luis Castillo changeup into the stands at Wrigley Field on Sunday afternoon. A homerun would tie the game up at 2-2, and Wilson paused after swinging to both admire the shot and give his bat a dramatic “mic drop” treatment (full disclosure: it was less of a bat “flip” and more of a bat “drop”).
Unfortunately for Contreas, the ball didn’t leave the field. It ricocheted off the ivy wall in centerfield, and the Cubs catcher suddenly had to run for his life just to leg out a double.
Have a look:
Well, that’s embarrassing.
Contreas was remorseful after the game, saying he apologized to his teammates for his showboating antics.
“I thought it was gone. I hit it super good,” he said, according to MLB.com’s Phil Rogers. “I hit it hard and made it to second base because what I did was not good for baseball … It was bad. I’m embarrassed with myself. I apologized to the pitcher and my team.”
The Cubs are battling to remain atop the NL Central, with a slim 2.5 game lead over the Brewers. Manager Joe Maddon wasn’t happy about Contreas taking a stupid risk like that, but claims he addressed the situation internally after the game.
“Horrible. I didn’t like that (at) all,” Maddon said. “The whole team didn’t like that.”
Contreas has been sitting out more games than usual lately, as his bat has really cooled down in September. He’s hitting just .185/.313/.222 over the last two weeks, and usually finds himself on the bench while fellow catcher Victor Caratini starts.