As you probably know, Yankees bench coach Tony Pena had an 18-year big league career with six teams (mostly with the Pirates) as an unorthodox yet very good defensive catcher. I’m sure you’ve seen clips of him squatting behind the plate with his right leg fully extended, for example. Pena also had a knack for stealing called strike threes by faking an intentional walk — he did it at least twice — something I didn’t know until today. Isn’t that awesome? The fist pump pulls it all together.
Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The Mets are playing the Diamondbacks (Wheeler vs. McCarthy) and MLB Network will air a game as well. Who you see depends on where you live. The (football) Giants and Steelers have a preseason game at 7:30pm ET on NBC, if preseason football is your thing. Talk about Pena’s awesomeness, either of those games, or anything else right here. You folks know how these things work by now, so have at it.
[h/t Maury Brown]