Wednesday night’s National League wild card game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies had a whole lot of weird moments, including two-out triples from reliever Archie Bradley (the first reliever ever to hit a postseason triple) and A.J. Pollock, four home runs, a six-run lead that all but evaporated and more, but one of the most cinematic came from 34-year-old Arizona catcher Jeff Mathis. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Mathis (who was just returning from a fractured hand, batting eighth and hitting .215/.277/.323 this year) came up with runners on first and third and two out. So he laid down a first-pitch bunt:
With Mathis being a veteran catcher and this surprise bunt coming in a crucial moment, this led to a whole lot of people referencing the called-shot-turned-game-winning bunt by Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) in 1989’s Major League:
Apt. Alas, actual catcher Jake Taylor is in the Braves’ organization. But Mathis did a nice impression of the fictional Taylor here. And his Diamondbacks won 11-8. They’ll move on to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. We’ll see if Mathis has any further cinematic moments to come.