Yankees ace Gerrit Cole hit the home plate umpire square in the face mask with a 99 MPH fastball.
The New York Yankees are routing the Toronto Blue Jays yet again in the Bronx, but things came to a screeching halt in the seventh inning when Gerrit Cole squared up a 99 MPH fastball and drilled home plate umpire John Trumpane dead in the middle of his face mask.
Trumpane went down in a heap behind catcher Kyle Higashioka, who went to help him up, but the umpire needed a moment. The medical staff came in to check on him, and after a few minutes, he was back and ready to go.
Whew, that was a close one, but look how scary this initially appeared to be.
That mask doesn’t protect everything! Taking one off the face at 99 MPH when you’re least expecting it will send anybody crashing to the ground. Trumpane’s toughness was on full display here.
At first, it was unclear what happened. Did Higashioka get crossed up? Did Lourdes Gurriel Jr. get a piece of it? Upon review, it was clear it wasn’t a foul-tip, but we’re not entirely positive if Higgy misread the pitch.
However, Cole went up to Trumpane after the top half of the inning and apologized to the home plate ump, perhaps indicating the right-hander threw the wrong pitch on that 3-2 count.
We’re sure there will be more clarity on this after the game when the media gets to speak with Cole.
What a nice guy.
Speaking of nice guys, that’s exactly what Trumpane is! Remember the umpire that heroically saved a woman from jumping off the Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh a few years back? That was him!
A 99 MPH fastball to the grill is nothing for Trumpane if he was able to do something as brave as that.
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