Henry Rodriguez has had a fair amount of pitches end up in this space, at least compared to his teammates. For instance, last week, when a pitch landed in the President’s Club after a fateful bounce. Or in August, when a wild pitch sent fans ducking for cover.
On Sunday, Rodriguez topped both of those when, one pitch after almost beaning Reds catcher Corky Miller with a fastball, he bounced a pitch off of the brick wall behind home plate. The bounce sent the ball back in the direction of Rodriguez, nearly hitting the Nats reliever in the noggin.
“Some of these pitches end up in unusual places,” said Bob Carpenter.
Here’s the video. My favorite part is Miller quietly watching the ball head toward Rodriguez’s head, just waiting to see what happens.