The Philadelphia Phillies fell to a season-worst six games below .500 with their 4-3 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday, the third consecutive meeting of this series that required to extra innings. It’s exhausting just watching.
When that much baseball gets played, strange things are bound to happen—like Marlon Byrd’s bat breaking on a swing-and-miss. The handle is in Byrd’s hands, the barrel is lying somewhere out by first base, the baseball is in the catcher’s glove.
Video proof of this evil voodoo below (h/t Deadspin).
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Obviously, the lumber must’ve been compromised before Byrd pulled it out of the rack, a hairline crack so fine, a professional hitter wouldn’t notice. Or, maybe he was so tired from playing 15 hours worth of baseball the last three days, he was sleepwalking.
Then again, Byrd did bash the home run to get the Phillies into extras, so at least we know he came to play.