“Geeze louise!” you exclaim, seeing this headline. “What, is every story on this web site about Freddy Galvis now?”
And the answer is “Yes, if we want them to be.”
But we’ll talk about the immense power to sway the Phillies conversation possessed by this media outlet another time. Yes, the other day I discussed the transformation of Galvis from meek, glove-first rookie to the 20-HR candidate with fun hair he is today. But this afternoon, we will not be talking about his success yet again - today, we will be discussing a distinct failure of his. Though to be fair, the reason the failure is distinct is because of all the success that preceded it.
During Sunday’s matinee with the Marlins, a game in which Galvis already had an RBI single and a nice catch in foul territory, Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich dribbled a ground ball to shortstop in the bottom of the first. Yelich’s reputation as a karma-advocate implies that he must have done some bad, bad stuff in the recent past, as he was 0-for-7 with 3 SO so far in this series when he came to the plate. Fortunately for him, the unthinkable happened, and the ball did not somehow wind up being thrown from Galvis’ hand to Tommy Joseph at first base.
Freddy Galvis's first error in 52 games.— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) September 18, 2016
Reaction from the media was fierce.
Scott Franzke: Freddy spits out his gum and fires it to ground.
Larry Andersen: Dad gum it!
For some scale, the all-time record for errorless streaks by a shortstop is 544, set by Mike Bordick from April 10, 2002, to April 2, 2003.
Where do we go from here? Well, just keep watching Freddy play defense. He’s still got the fewest errors (7) among shortstops who have played 140+ games this season (J.J. Hardy and Jose Iglesias each have five, having played in 101 and 124 games respectively). Plus, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the guy can hit.
Now, go back to thinking about whatever we have allowed you to think about.