Umpire hit in the head with foul ball, crowd cheers
The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals played the longest game in postseason history over the weekend, and when you play 18 innings, some weird things are going to happen.
For instance, a foul ball might ricochet back onto the field of play and land on the umpire's head.
Vic Carapazza was behind home plate when Nationals' second baseman Danny Espinosa fouled a pitch back and out of play in the 18th inning, but the ball bounced back towards home plate and landed squarely on Carapazza's head, leading to robust cheers from the Nationals crowd.
After the game, Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann said he was having trouble deciphering Carapazza's strike zone while on the mound, which could account for some of the crowds' schadenfreude when the ump took a ball off the head.
The Nats lost to the Giants 2-1 on the epic battle, with San Francisco taking a 2-0 lead in the series heading into Monday's game.
- Brendan Maloy