UPDATE: The photo was colorized by John Turney, and first pointed out at UniWatch last year. Awesome job. Sorry I was unaware of the provenance until a few minutes ago.
11:02 AM: I have no idea where this came from. I saw it on a friends’ Facebook page. I don’t know if it’s an original color picture or expertly colorized. All I know is that it’s the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while:
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.