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The tragic hero Trevor Cahill pays enthusiastically for unbridled ambition



On Wednesday afternoon, the Angels lost one near the Minnesota Twins, 8-7. Angels pitcher Trevor Cahill took the loss, allowing six earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched, so right there you know it was not his best day. The defining moment of Cahill's dismal departure, and certainly the most regrettable, came in the second inning, when Jonathan Schoop hit a 2-2 sinker on the first base line, and Cahill was asked to make a difficult play.

It's not so much that Cahill could not make the play, and it's not even that in his haste Cahill threw the ball into disgusting territory, giving the runners an additional basis in the error. Even the attempt to flip behind the back, however badly advised, is not the worst part of this play. No, the most harrowing part of the play is seeing Cahill's poor glove, suddenly alone and bouncing sadly in the infield. Man.

Here is an even more amazing and wonderful view of this delirious tragicomedy:

I also really enjoy Cahill twisting and moving awkwardly, still without gloves, after the play, with a thin and unconvincing half smile on his face, while his teammate Jared Walsh chases the ball in the dugout. That play had no chance, and I mean zero possibilities, to exercise. Presumably, the humiliation of the moment will prevent Cahill from trying such nonsense again, but I hope I'm wrong.


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