Mets’ highly-touted rookie, Fernando Martinez, was playing his second major-league game when he hit a routine pop-up to the catcher in front of home plate. Instead of running to first, Martinez stood right there and watched the catcher — DROP THE BALL. The rookie was then thrown out and the boos were unleashed throughout CitiField like birds out of a cage.
The 20-year old Martinez was called up from AAA Buffalo to fill up roster space due to injury.
It was a typical, yet embarrassing rookie mistake that the young outfielder will probably be telling his grandkids about several years from now.
These types of rookie mistakes are common, so it isn’t exactly surprising. Daniel Murphy, who just began his major league career late last season, dropped, botched, and bobbled balls in left field throughout the course of April.
Rookies make embarrassing mistakes. It’s part of the game.