The umps were second-guessing if the batter was hit by the pitch so he stripped down to prove it and they gave him the base 😂 pic.twitter.com/p5GbSBV4oT
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) May 27, 2023
There was a bizarre scene in Saturday’s Atlantic League game between the Lancaster Barnstormers and the Gastonia Honey Hunters, as Gastonia infielder Jack Reinheimer was hit by a pitch but the umps apparently thought it might have hit his bat. So Reinheimer removed his jersey and undershirt to show his bruised flesh. That was enough to satisfy the ump, so Reinheimer — still topless — then trotted down to first base, where he began putting his base layer and jersey back on.
We all know the famous “shoe polish play,” where the umps awarded first base to Mets outfielder Cleon Jones after manager Gil Hodges showed them that there was shoe polish on the ball, indicating that it had hit Jones in the foot. But I’ve never seen a player disrobe on the field like this before. Good thing Reinheimer wasn’t hit on the butt, or else he would’ve had to drop trou!
(My thanks to Trevor Williams for letting me know about this one.)
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Sorry, no Ticker today, as the Uni Watch team is taking the holiday weekend off.
Today is Memorial Day. MLB teams will be marking the holiday by wearing poppy patches on their jerseys. If you’re mourning a fallen military service member, please accept my sincere sympathies for your loss. Peace. — Paul