By now, you’ve seen/heard about/thought about the Andrew McCutchen retaliatory hit by pitch on Saturday night. Pirate color guy Bob Walk went off about the situation, McCutchen was infuriated and rightfully so: the Diamondbacks waited until they were losing 5-1 in the ninth to get back at the Pirates for accidentally plunking Paul Goldschmidt on Friday. Rather than get their machismo show over with in the first inning and move on, they waited until they were down and out of the contest. And, the deliverer of the plunking, Randall Delgado, really set Cutch up — after coming inside on the first pitch, he wasted a slider low and away to make it look like nothing was up. Next pitch? 95 mph in the back.
Oh, and now there’s this — John Wehner brought to attention on the broadcast today before the game that you can see Arizona catcher Miguel Montero “put down an inappropriate finger and point it towards McCutchen” right before the HBP. If you watch it through again, Montero calls time after ball two and signals out to Delgado that he is going to re-cycle through the signs. He puts five different ones down; here’s the third one:
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And here’s a zoomed-in look:
Yep, that’s his middle finger being pointed straight at Cutch. And you know what happened next.
Here’s a GIF so you can see it in motion:
This wasn’t clear on the original broadcast. ROOT Sports had been showing zoomed-in shots of the players, so the catcher’s signs were out of view. Hat tip to Wehner for pointing this out, though he made it clear that ROOT wouldn’t zoom in.
So, yeah, if you need any more proof that the D-backs are a joke. Real classy, Montero. Cameras catch everything.