Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish has had a rough run recently, battling injuries and a rocky start to his first season with the team.
Though the Cubs managed to snag their first win of the season this past April 15, Darvish also managed a slightly embarrassing feat which has been seldom, if ever, seen in professional baseball: he managed to hit three different people with one 99 m.p.h. pitch.
Yu Darvish throws the most devastating fastball of his career. https://t.co/sicvVLhnUL— Cut4 (@Cut4) 1555380860.0
Whoops! After flinging the ball at nearly 100 m.p.h., Darvish sent it careening into the batter, who knocked it into the umpire, whom it bounced off of into the catcher.
All three went down in quick succession.
@SInow @Cut4 https://t.co/3bmzqGNibM— gbnf (@gbnf) 1555383719.0
Here's the throw in slow motion.
Yu Darvish hurts Lewis Brinson and the home plate umpire on the same 99 mph pitch. Close call for Brinson. https://t.co/YqxTAuAKhP— Chris Cote (@Chris Cote) 1555378836.0
And, just in case, here it is again with motion tracker.
Yu Darvish, 99mph Triple Kill Fastball (with motion tracker). https://t.co/34DtSIigFG— Rob Friedman (@Rob Friedman) 1555379169.0
Baseball fans couldn't help but crack some jokes at Darvish's expense.
@PitchingNinja Only thing he didn't hit was the strike zone...— Steve Rasch (@Steve Rasch) 1555381581.0
@PitchingNinja Yondu is that you? https://t.co/pJIpIPjee3— El Toro (@El Toro) 1555387809.0
There are army snipers who WISH they could do what Darvish did.
@PitchingNinja @samthompson_4 @VincentBradley7 triple kill!!!— Tyler Rowe (@Tyler Rowe) 1555419430.0
@SInow @CUATcamels @Cut4 One shot, 3 kills #sniper— Woodford Co SportMed (@Woodford Co SportMed) 1555438459.0
With powers like these, Darvish will be unstoppable...
@SInow @Cut4 It’s called a Dickochet— Jon Carlson (@Jon Carlson) 1555381704.0
@PitchingNinja 😂😂 Achievement unlocked.— Brad King (@Brad King) 1555380761.0
Of course, the problem is that Darvish wasn't trying to hit the people.
@PitchingNinja @pHalfacre_STL https://t.co/p9qEAuq8XO— Yvette Olejnik (@Yvette Olejnik) 1555392638.0
If he were bowling, this would have been a great throw!
@PitchingNinja Darvish picks up the 3-5-9 spare...— Ken Vangeloff (@Ken Vangeloff) 1555381482.0
@PitchingNinja STRIKE!!!... oops, wrong sport. https://t.co/BS3BUiTmax— GD Rattin (@GD Rattin) 1555380330.0
This has got to be every batter's greatest fear.
@PitchingNinja Always gotta protect the McNuggets https://t.co/MQN2heD8pj— Jake Sahagian (@Jake Sahagian) 1555386452.0
Darvish later explained what happened to the press:
Yu explains it. 😂 https://t.co/A9eEgkDsNz— Rob Friedman (@Rob Friedman) 1555420673.0
Many fans were impressed at the speed of Darvish's pitch, regardless of accuracy!
@PitchingNinja I didn’t know he had 99! Nice!— Sir Jason (@Sir Jason) 1555379243.0
@PitchingNinja I know he hit someone but man. Seeing him hit 99 again is awesome.— Payton Havermann (@Payton Havermann) 1555379293.0
However, other baseball fans were a lot less amused by its outcome.
Re: Yu Darvish. If you’re throwing 95 mph all night and then you try to drill someone at 99 mph, you’re intentional… https://t.co/GEaSlsl1BZ— Matthew Pouliot (@Matthew Pouliot) 1555379082.0
At the end of the day, however, many were just excited to see a new addition to baseball's ever-growing blooper real.
@Shawntaronewsom @SInow @Cut4 3 for 1 man lol. Doesn't get much better than that haha— Phillip Lauer (@Phillip Lauer) 1555434230.0
Congrats on the wild, dangerous throw, Darvish! We won't soon forget it.