Pitcher Charlie Morton Threw 16 Pitches With a Broken Leg

During Game 1 of the World Series, friends of the Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Morton apologized for his misfortune after they found out he threw some sixteen pitches while having a broken leg. His response to them and those who reached out to wish him well was rather odd because the pitcher also apologized for being unable to do more.

The 37-Year-Old Charlie Morton Broke His Lower Right Leg In the Second Inning of the Game

Charlie Morton throwing a pitch with a broken leg during Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros
When Yuli Gurriel hit a 102 mph ground ball off the lower right leg of Charlie Morton and broke it, the pitcher remained in the game and faced the next three Houston Astros batters. He threw 16 pitches before finally exiting the game. According to Atlanta star Freddie Freeman, this showed the incredible composure of Morton and everything one would need to know about his character.

Still playing baseball at age 37, Charlie Morton has sustained many big and small injuries throughout the years. The pitcher eventually learned the invaluable lessons that throwing baseballs for a living comes with a decent amount of pain. Still, remaining on the field with a broken leg shows that his resolve was higher even than his pain tolerance. It seems Morton was so determined to win a championship that he was ready to pitch until his body would not let him. Eventually, his team earned a 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros.

Atlanta Manager Brian Snitker Praised Charlie Morton and His Incredible Feat

Snitker said in an interview that Charlie Morton did exactly what he was hired to do, pointing out that he brought credibility to the team throughout the year, as well as during the game against the Astros. The manager also stated that Morton was really the kind of guy to break a leg and then say he’s sorry.

Atlanta Manager Brian Snitker walking off the field with pitcher Charlie MortonMorton signed with Atlanta for a one-year deal last November because his arm was still able to whip a 97 mph fastball and 80 mph curveballs. More than that, the pitcher is valued for the joy and amusement he brings to the team. He is beloved by many of his colleagues, and that showed when many of his teammates dropped by the training room to check on him and express their gratitude. Hopefully, the pitcher who kept pitching after his leg broke will get a gold-and-diamond ring in the end.