A veteran Major League Baseball umpire had to leave Monday afternoon’s Labor Day game following a scary moment at home plate.
Manny Gonzalez, a veteran MLB umpire, got hit in the head with a foul tip during Monday afternoon’s game between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. Gonzalez was struck by a foul tip off the bat of Jordan Luplow, who swung at a fastball from Chris Sale.
The veteran umpire appeared to be in immediate pain and had difficulty standing up. He was immediately cared to by multiple trainers and staff members before getting helped off the field.
Here’s what happened:
Home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez has to leave the game today after being struck on the facemask by a foul ball. pic.twitter.com/3ukxVEQNhP
— Bally Sports Sun: Rays (@BallyRays) September 6, 2021
The Monday afternoon contest between the Red Sox and the Rays was temporarily delayed as the veteran umpire was tended to.
Plate umpire Manny Gonzalez is leaving the game after being hit by a foul ball in the mask. So the game will be delayed a bit. He was staggered.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) September 6, 2021
Boston and Tampa Bay are tied, 1-1, after one inning of play on Monday afternoon.
The Rays are currently 7.5 games up in the American League East. The Red Sox are eight games back, though they lead the Mariners in the Wild Card race by three games.
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