Rodolfo Castro’s on-court phone call is a relatable moment

PHOENIX (AP) — The moment was hilarious because it was so relatable.

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro and third base coach Mike Rabelo stood up and stared in mortification at a smartphone that had mistakenly traveled to a Major League Baseball field on Tuesday night . Even third base umpire Adam Hamari had the perfect reaction, pointing to the phone that had come loose from Castro’s back pocket on a slip, trying not to laugh at the absurdity of the situation.

Those around the sport have backed down with them.

“It’s obviously not something that should happen,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Yet he did. Just as it does to pretty much all of us. Who hasn’t rung the bell at a wedding, funeral, school or church? Or been on top of a cannonball in the pool, only to realize their phone was still in their back pocket?

Come on, be honest.

The misstep happened during a big league televised game, creating a music video seen by millions.

“I just remember getting dressed, putting my pants on, eating something, going to the bathroom,” Castro said through an interpreter on Tuesday night after the U.S. defeat. Pirates 6-4 against Arizona. “It never occurred to me that I still had my cell phone on me.”

It’s far from the first time a phone has made an appearance on the professional sports field. One of the most famous examples came nearly 20 years ago when New Orleans Saints catcher Joe Horn pulled out a flip phone – remember that? – which he hid in the padding around the goal post and then acted as if taking a call after scoring a touchdown.

Of course, there are legitimate reasons why MLB doesn’t want phones on the field.

MLB has cracked down on players’ use of technology since the Houston Astros used live TV feeds to steal opposing teams’ signs during their 2017 World Series championship run and part of the following season. .

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and then-manager AJ Hinch were suspended for the 2020 season. The Astros were also fined $5 million and lost their first-round picks. and second round in 2020 and 2021.

This kind of discipline is obviously not justified in this situation, but phones in the field are still prohibited. MLB hadn’t announced any kind of punishment for Castro on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m sure we’ll hear from the league, but I feel like everyone, including the referees – who again handled the situation very well – he’s a youngster who has made a mistake and put his phone in his pocket,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “There was no intention to use it or do anything with it.”


AP Sports Writer Tim Booth in Seattle contributed to this report.


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