It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a ….drone?
An oddity occurred during the New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays game on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium when the game was delayed approximately five minutes due to a drone flying over the field.
It happened in the bottom of the first inning with Luke Voit up at bat and the Yankees trailing 4-0 when the home plate umpire suddenly stopped the game and told the Rays to get off the field.
The umpire began explaining to the Yankees and Rays bench coaches (managers Aaron Boone and Kevin Cash were serving 1-game suspensions) while pointing to the sky at the drone that was disrupting play.
Once the drone finally left the stadium, the game immediately resumed.
This wasn’t the first time a drone delayed a baseball game this season.
On Aug. 5 the Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates game was delayed because of a drone.
It has been quite a week between the Yankees and Rays. The two AL East rivals split the first two games of the series but nearly came to blows on Tuesday night when Aroldis Chapman fired a 101 mph fastball over the head of Rays’ Mike Brosseau.
After the game the teams exchanged a few words and Cash ripped the Yankees and Boone, adding he has plenty of guys who can throw 98 mph.
Chapman, Boone and Cash were all suspended, with Chapman appealing his three-game suspension.
Jordan Montgomery started Wednesday’s game against the Rays but failed to get out of the first inning after allowing four runs before being pulled with the bases load and two outs.
The drone delay only added to what has been an erratic 24 hours between these two teams.