Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish pulled off an achievement on Monday night he may never do again in his career: he hit three separate people with a single pitch.
The Bugs Bunny-esque moment happened in the bottom of the sixth inning in Monday night’s game between the Cubs and Miami Marlins when Darvish’s 99 miles-per-hour fastball struck Marlins hitter Lewis Brinson in his right thigh, striking umpire Brian O’Nora near his throat, and ricocheting into Cubs catcher Willson Contreras in the back.
Check out a slow-motion version of the pitch here.
Incredible. You could practice this for decades and never pull it off again. And in case you’re still confused on the path of the amazing Magic Pitch, here’s a GIF of the pitch’s path.
It’s been a rocky 18 months for Darvish, from a poor performance in the 2017 World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers, to an injury-shortened 2018 for the Cubs, to a roller coaster start to the 2019 season.
Despite the slapstick comedy of the pitch above, Darvish pitched well enough to get his first win in almost a year for the Cubs in a 7-2 victory. But it’s unlikely he’ll ever repeat the 3-men-in-1-pitch feat, so let us continue to revel in its glory.