“Requesting a Trade”: Unpopular Yankees Catcher Nearly Takes Out Gerrit Cole With a Lightning-Fast Bullet Throw, Killing New Yorkers’ Remaining Happiness

Published 09/11/2023, 6:43 AM EDT

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Mishaps and accidents are common occurrences in the sports world. However, sometimes, things escalate to a point where they can be deadly if not addressed promptly. In a recent game vs. Milwaukee Brewers, the Yankees’ unpopular catcher’s thoughtless antic on the field narrowly escaped a blow, putting him under fans’ scrutiny.

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One of the Yankees’ finest pitchers, Gerrit Cole, almost got a blow in Sunday’s game. Cole’s performance has been impressive throughout the season, and even yesterday, he created a new record in AL. However, the in-game mishap could have changed everything in a moment if Cole’s reflex hadn’t saved him.

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The Brewers vs. Yankees game could have been one of the most pathetic ones for the Bronx Bombers had the simple hit turned into a fatal blow. During the second inning of the game, Yankees catcher Ben Rortvedt almost hit the head of one of their best pitchers, Gerrit Cole, with a fast-throwing ball.

While the Brewers were on the striker’s end, and Cole was pitching, Rortvedt caught the ball and threw it toward the second base without noticing that Cole was approaching. Although not intentional, it was a highly fast throw that could have blown out the head of Cole if it hit him. Fortunately, the pitcher has an outstanding reflex and bent down in time, avoiding the coming attack. With God’s grace, the pitcher continued to play while creating a remarkable record, giving a splendid performance.

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The Brewers could only muster three hits during Cole’s seven shutout innings. This brought his ERA down to 2.79, the lowest in the American League, after pitching a league-leading 187 innings.

This incident didn’t really affect the relationship between Cole and Rortvedt. The videos on Twitter show them shaking hands and leaving the field together after the game. But fans don’t let things go easily. In fact, they jumped over the catcher and stood beside the pitcher on social media.

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Fans Mocked Ben Rortvedt For His Thoughtless Move

A day before the Sunday’s incident involving Yankees, somewhat similar incident took place on Saturday, wherein the Cincinnati Reds’ Elly De La Cruz hit Noelvi Marte’s nose. The victim of the latter case received the most criticism from fans, just like the Yankees’ Rortvedt is receiving it now.

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Fans mostly side with Gerrit, saying they don’t want to see Rortvedt the next season. “I hope we dont see Rortvedt next season”, they wrote.
Someone even mentioned Cole should request for a trade. “Coles requesting a trade asap,” they wrote.
While one criticized the catcher saying he is a “Minor League Catcher”.

While breathing a sigh of relief for Cole, a fan mocked his team, “I’m laughing because it’s always something with this team. Thank god Cole wasn’t hit. But that was just unreal.”
Also, some praised Cole’s reflexes, “Wow. Good reflexes. That definitely would’ve left a mark”.

Almost no one can avoid if a mishap is bound to happen but with vigilance, one can escape it just like Gerrit Cole did. What do you think of the two same kinds of incidents back-to-back? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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Antara Bhattacharyya

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Antara Bhattacharyya is an MLB Writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed her Master's Degree in English Literature, she is passionate about writing. Sports being one of her core interests, she indulged in American Sports, particularly Baseball.
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