Johnny Cueto … speed demon?
There’s a first time for everything and the Giants starter notched his first career stolen base Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Oracle Park.
After Cueto walked in the bottom of the third inning, LaMonte Wade Jr. swung and missed on a strike. Cueto took advantage of it and stole second base … standing up.
It didn’t appear Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings was expecting that, but Cueto lost his helmet in the process. Giants fans absolutely loved it.
We know the 14-year MLB veteran is one for theatrics, especially when he gets on base.
Per the Giants, the last Giants pitcher to record a stolen base prior to Cueto was Kirk Rueter on Aug. 29, 2003, against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.
In a similar situation last month. Cueto was on first base after drawing a walk, because, you know, National League, when Wade Jr. followed with a line drive to the outfield. That’s when Cueto turned on the after-burners, throwing off his helmet before reaching second base and proceeding to score on the play.
Perhaps Cueto thought losing the helmet would help him with his aerodynamics.
Friday night’s stolen base for Cueto didn’t result in much as the Giants still were down 3-1 heading into the fourth inning, but at least we were entertained in the process.