Pics: Edwin Encarnacion Lou-ses His Gehrig Patch

Edwin Encarnacion 2014

Yesterday Major League Baseball paid tribute to the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s famous “Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth” speech by having all players wear a temporary patch depicting the moment.

These temporary patches are added quite quickly, and with the intention to be removed easily following the game. It allows teams to not have to order an entire new set of jerseys for the event as well as offer the patches for sale after the game.

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion’s patch clearly had no intention of sticking around for all 12 innings of the Jays-A’s game, as you’ll see in this Zapruder-like series of stills.

Encarnacion’s patch was already falling off in the Top of the First as he made his way to the plate for his first at bat of the game:

Encarnacion's Lou Gehrig patch starting to fall off in the Top of the 1st
Encarnacion’s Lou Gehrig patch starting to fall off in the Top of the 1st

In the bottom of the second, Edwin dove to make a defensive play at first base, taking his patch completely off the jersey:

Edwin dives in Bot 2 causing his patch to fall from the jersey onto the dirt infield
Edwin dives in Bot 2 causing his patch to fall from the jersey onto the dirt infield
The patch in the dirt as Edwin completes the play at first
The patch in the dirt as Edwin completes the play at first

Edwin noticed the patch was missing and tried to re-apply it during a break in play, most probably would have just left it lying there:

Edwin tries to re-apply the patch to his jersey after it fell to the ground
Edwin tries to re-apply the patch to his jersey after it fell to the ground

But it was of no use, that patch was done, by his next at bat it was gone completely:

Edwin, at the plate later in the game, with no patch at all
Edwin, at the plate later in the game, with no patch at all

Thanks to Samuel Lam for the heads up that the patch was starting to fall off in the first. And yes… I really spent my Saturday morning combing through yesterdays game to find these stills – I’m aware of how silly that seems.