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The anatomy of a Kolten Wong Web Gem - A Hunt and Peck

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Let’s break down Kolten’s great play from Tuesday night!

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There has been talk of Kolten Wong earning a Gold Glove this year. This talk is not unwarranted. Kolten has long displayed prowess on the defensive side of the game, but was also prone to what we in the business like to call “boneheaded mistakes”. Sometimes he would just totally whiff on what appeared to be a routine play. This year, that is nearly no more, and now all we are left with is spectacular plays.

Like this one:

There a few key components to a Kolten Wong Web Gem. Let’s unpack this.

“There is no way he will get to that ball”

Kolten Wong has impeccable range. On this particular play he was aided by the fact that he was playing somewhat up the middle, but he still covered a lot of ground!

“Just put it in your pocket, Kolten...”

After the initial surprise of Kolten getting to a ball one did not except him to be able to reach, then comes the horror at the realization that he is going to throw the ball while stumbling to the ground. As mere mortals, we would be unable to do such a thing successfully, but not Kolten Wong.

“Out or safe?!?!?!”

After incredulously witnessing the miracle that just occurred, everyone waits with bated breath whether it was for naught.

“What did I just see?”

The reaction is the best part. First we have it from the teammates:

First of all: Love Matt Carpenter

Second of all - look at the fan reaction, too!

Then we have the Twitter reaction:

And finally there is Kolten Wong’s reaction (which might be the best part, really):

Incredible.

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