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Yadier Molina has played baseball for a long time — going on sixteen seasons now. In over fifteen seasons, over 15,500 innings played, surely there is nothing new, nothing that could happen to Yadier Molina that would surprise him. He has to have seen it all by now.

Yet, part of baseball’s unique beauty is that even after you think you have seen it all, it still finds ways to surprise you.

In the top of the eleventh inning of the Cardinals baseball contest again the Pirates on Monday, Matt Carpenter took an at bat. With two strikes against him, he appeared to check his swing on a pitch low, but the third-base umpire thought otherwise and called him out. Carpenter responded maturely, of course.

The minor outburst got Carp the ole Insta-Toss from the Home Plate ump. With it being the eleventh inning of a ballgame in which Dexter Fowler was removed already after being hit by a pitch, the Cardinals had a short bench — a really short bench, actually. Only Matt Wieters, the backup catcher, remained. With these circumstances, there was really only one thing the Cardinals could do. That is how it came to be that the Cardinals veteran backstop was called upon to do something he had never done before:

To help wrap our heads around just how extraordinary this was, I have created some visual aids.

Data courtesy of Fangraphs

Sometimes in an otherwise ordinary game, history is made. That is what makes baseball so fun.

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