There was a frightening moment during the first inning of tonight’s Red Sox-Blue Jays game.
Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson took a big hack at a pitch from Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez, and in doing so, lost the handle on his bat.
The bat wound up striking home plate umpire Chris Segal in the head. Segal stayed down for a few moments but was eventually able to get up and resume his duties.
The video of this can be seen below. Warning: the sound of the bat hitting Segal is pretty scary.
Glad umpire Chris Segal is okay after taking a Josh Donaldson backswing to the head. Segal remains in the game. pic.twitter.com/nWdt1pAGJW
— Stadium (@watchstadium) July 17, 2017
It is easy to forget that umpires are always in the line of fire.
Thankfully Segal was okay.