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Mets-Phillies game delayed because umpire Brian O’Nora swallowed his chew

Apr 26, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

Brian O'Nora AP

After Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick got Daniel Murphy for the second out of the inning in tonight’s affair in Queens, home plate umpire Brian O’Nora ran off the field suddenly. The Phillies broadcast suggested the ump might have been battling the flu, but it was soon reported in the press box at Citi Field that O’Nora had swallowed his chew. Yuck.

This ranks right up there among weird reasons baseball games have been delayed. Ahead of or behind the bees at Petco Park in 2009?

  1. flamethrower101 - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    The Bees at Petco? That’s the best you can do, Bill?

    What about earlier this year when a Nats home game was delayed because the umpires…got stuck in traffic. Now THAT’S funny!

    • dino1730 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Haha have you ever driven in DC? It makes a lot of sense

  2. digitaldonnie - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Did he give a warning before he tossed?

    • Bill Baer - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM


  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Please, no deja vu!!!

    “Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was ejected in the bottom of the first for arguing about a checked swing, one that his catcher tried to appeal but couldn’t because there was no umpire at third base (one member of the crew, Joe West, sat out the game with an illness).

    The Phillies had other complaints, too, saying a ball hit by Carlos Ruiz in the seventh that was called foul should have been ruled fair (“I saw the replays,” Ruiz said), and that Shane Victorino should have been called safe instead of out on an attempted steal of third later in that inning.”

    • blacksables - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      I’m confused? Did the Mets get to play under different rules? Were there not three umpires making the calls for/against them also?

      I’m not sure how the Phillies were any more disadvantaged than the Mets because of this?

      Sounds like a major conspiracy theory to me. We better get Bud on it right away.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM

        You are paranoid. Re-read my post, and switch to de-caf. Who is talking about conspiracy theories? (other than you). Last time the Phillies played with 3 umps they lost. I was hoping they did not lose again.

      • blacksables - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Well, what did the last game have to do with this game?

        And how did 3 umps in any game determine the outcome when both teams played under the same conditions?

        My point applies, whether you understand it or not.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        Then please explain – what is your point? And do you know what deja vu means?

  4. mudhead123 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Umpires getting stuck in traffic is sooooo funny

  5. kjericho43 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Umps are fat f**ks, many times. (not all) They should never be a story in baseball game, but somehow they are. Why?

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Maybe because they have been part of the game since the very beginning, just like crazy opinionated fans.

  6. digitaldonnie - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I swear Bill I didnt see that. I dont even twitter. LOL

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      How can someone with the word “digital” in their handle NOT use twitter?

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Only real Umps chew!!! I honestly admire this guy!! Oh Yea and dont forget the bluejays are in last last last last last place!! cause they suck suck suck suck!!

  8. ballparkprints - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Hmm! Chew? Isn’t that a “Banned Substance MLB?

  9. jdouble777 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    What a shmuck, seriously…these are the guys deciding games? Can we not get rid of these archaic nonsense of a position?????

  10. jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Better to swallow your chew than a lit cigarette.

  11. banger60 - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    he’s a swallower, you go girl!!! sorry I could not resist.

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