Watching five hours of San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs action might not sound terribly interesting, but that just means you missed this cavalcade of gaffes in the 13th inning on Sunday.
Deadspin spotted the one play from the game that proves the Cubs and Padres should just hang up the cleats for the summer. There is no point playing anymore this season because they might just hurt themselves.
We take you to the top of the 13th in a scoreless game. You may already be dozing off or cursing at the TV, but stay with me. With the bases loaded, Nate Schierholtz hits a pitch from Brad Boxberger to first base. Schierholtz turns lemons into lemonade with a recipe that calls for a ball to the helmet.
But before that, he falls in the batter's box in what looks to be a painful tumble. Thankfully, he gets up and runs face down toward first.
Jesus Guzman, being one part of a spectacular 59-71 team, does his best to add some spice to the moment, so he plunks the Cubs outfielder in the helmet, causing the runners to be safe.
For one perfect moment, all was right with the world. The stars aligned in just the right manner to make the 13th inning of a game between hapless teams so captivating.
Now, because the baseball gods were reinvigorated, the Padres managed to tie the game up in the bottom of the inning.
Fans were held captive for two more innings until the Padres scored in the bottom of the 15th. As for Schierholtz, the Chicago Tribune reports the ball hit the brim of his helmet and then glanced off his shoulder. Thankfully, he seems to have escaped a far greater injury.
Now we can all go back to forgetting all about the Padres and Cubs.
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