With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones forced the Toronto Blue Jays into a rushed throw and an error by racing down the first base line to beat out a ground ball.
Then, the real fun began.
When Jones turned to second base, he came face-to-face with first base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. Jones put both arms out, tried to dodge the umpire and began to sprint down the baseline, but in the process Wendelstedt toppled backward and thudded into the infield dirt.
“Parts of the game, man, I don’t know,” Jones said after the Orioles' 3-2 win. “He’s alright, so that’s all that matters.”
Jones made sure of that, holding his arm out in apology and looking over his shoulder even as he reached second base.
And for his part, Wendelstedt didn’t miss a pitch, nor did he lose the gum from his mouth. He stood up right away and continued his umpiring duties, just in time to see first baseman Chris Davis launch a go-ahead home run two pitches later.
Wendelstedt’s fall sparked laughter from many of the announced 33,901 at Camden Yards. But manager Buck Showalter was hesitant to describe the reaction from the Orioles in the dugout, for fear that it might cost his team in Sunday’s game.
“Oh my gosh. He’s behind the plate [Sunday],” the manager said. “I’m going to keep my mouth shut.”
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