Sunday was an interesting day at Target Field for the Minnesota Twins.
Dallas Keuchel recorded his first strikeout since joining the team and proceeded to send down the next fourteen batters before surrendering a hit. Kuechel pitched six perfect innings, which came a day after Sonny Gray went six innings perfect against Pittsburgh as well.
One of the weirdest things that happened didn’t involve any of the pitchers, rather it was the guy who catches for them.
Ryan Jeffers might have been behind the plate when the Pirates broke up Kuechel’s perfect game in the seventh inning but he was at the plate a half inning later when it was his turn to start breaking things — literally.
Ryan Jeffers broke the Twins press box ceiling with foul ball
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Jeffers hit a foul ball off Pirates reliever Dauri Moreta that bounced into the Twins press box and crashed into the ceiling.
Thankfully nobody was hurt, and Twins beat writers and fellow media members took it in stride by making light of it on social media.
This isn’t the first time a foul ball has made its way into the press box at Target Field this season. Dan Hayes infamously attempted to catch one earlier in the year, something that went so poorly that he was even getting roasted on the Bally Sports North boradcast by Dick Bremer and Justin Morneau.
Hayes either wasn’t in the press box at the time or simply avoided tweeting about it. Had he been there, though, chances are that ball doesn’t need a second bounce.
It’s not the first time a ball has come crashing into the media section of a ballpark this season, either. New York Yankees announcer John Sterling was drilled in the face by a foul ball while in the middle of making a call.
Luckily no blood was shed in the making of this unusual moment at Target Field but it’s a reminder to keep your head on a swivel no matter what part of the ballpark you’re in.
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