Watch: Greg Bird commits brutal error on routine putout at first base
It’s been a season to forget for Greg Bird and a brutal error committed during Tuesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox continued his nightmarish campaign.
Bird opened the game by dropping a toss to first base for what should have been a routine putout. White Sox leadoff hitter Yolmer Sanchez put the ball in play on a grounder to New York Yankees second baseman Ronald Torreyes, who scooped it up and threw it to Bird.
Unfortunately, Bird somehow inexplicably allowed the ball to pop out of his glove in stupefying fashion.
Greg Bird has probably caught thousands of baseballs at first base over the course of his baseball career. This was not one of them. pic.twitter.com/2yP7pNDUuS
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) August 28, 2018
As noted, the baffling bobble of the ball simply added insult to injury for the struggling Bird, who was in the lineup for only the second time in six games.
“At that point, it’s like, ‘Really? Right now?'” Bird said after the game, via NJ.com. “That’s exactly what I need.”
Yankees starting pitcher Lance Lynn went on to retire the next three White Sox batters, meaning Bird’s error did not hurt the Yankees.
“Lance picked me up,” Bird said. “I owe him a drink for sure because that’s a tough one. The [ball] just popped out. Luckily it didn’t hurt us.”
Bird called the gaffe a “dumb mistake” and blamed it on breaking in a new glove. Yankees equipment staff were later spotted re-lacing Bird’s old glove.
The Yankees first baseman went 0-for-4 in the game as well, dropping his batting average to .196 amid a stretch where he’s gone hitless in his past 21 at-bats. Still, the Yankees rebounded for a 4-0 deficit to win in a 5-4 comeback culminating with a walk-off homer by Neil Walker.
“Luckily my teammates picked me up to get out of that inning because that was bad,” Bird said. “We won so it makes you laugh a little bit.”