The ball isn’t wedged in the vest, but on a flat part and when the umpire finally peels it off, some of the ball’s surface appears to remain on the vest.
“Does he have some pine tar on his chest protector? Are we playing with Velcro?” one of the game announcers said on the broadcast. “There’s either something on his chest protector or something on that baseball.”
Fans on social media came to similar conclusions.
With accusations of cheating now flying around (the use of pine tar is illegal under MLB rules), the incident came to bite the Cardinals back when the Cubs rallied from a 4-2 deficit to win the game, 6-4, thanks to four runs in the inning.
With the ball defiantly stuck to Molina, the Cubs’ Matt Szczur, who would’ve struck out swinging, was able to reach first base. (The sticky pitch was scored as wild.) Szczur would find his way to second when Cecil walked Jon Jay, and then both scored when Kyle Schwarber hit a home run.
Cecil was later relieved by Miguel Socolovich, who ended up allowing one more run when Addison Russell’s ground out allowed Kris Bryant to head home.