When you gotta go, you gotta go – and as anyone can attest to, when that call comes, you finish what you’re doing as fast as possible to take it.
So it was for Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman on Saturday, who apparently heard the call from Mother Nature in the ninth inning of the team’s eventual 2-1 walk-off win over Baltimore.
On the pitch that got Renato Nunez to fly out for the first out of the inning, Chapman sort of skip-hopped gingerly towards first, appearing in distress as manager Aaron Boone and trainer Tim Lentych came out to visit him. After a brief consult, though, Boone and Lentych left seemingly laughing, and Chapman struck out the next two batters before dashing off the field and into the clubhouse.
It was not an issue to be poo-pooed by one probing reporter, who ended up speechless after Boone revealed just why Chappy looked a little flush.
“He’s fine, leave it at that,” Boone laughed when asked about it postgame. “Mother Nature calls sometimes.”
We all feel you, Chappy.