WASHINGTON – Home empire Joe West left at the bottom of the first inning of Thursday’s match between Washington and the Toronto Blue Jazz after he fainted when he was hit on the head by a flying bat by Bee Bichette, but he eventually returned.
West, a 67-year-old senior baseball player in the Premier League, was hit in the left ear when a Toronto striker lost his bat in the Battle of Bichetta while swinging – and missing – the first step taken by Washington right-handed Eric Fedde.
Citizens’ coach, Paul Lessar, went out to check on West and gave him a white towel to press against his head. The athletics coach then left the field with the West, taking him to a ramp leading to the club room and the ampist room in the National Park.
The game – the last of four in a row between the teams – lasted for six minutes. When the action resumed, Vic Karapazza moved from his original assignment on second base to the plate, and the game continued with three referees until West returned in the middle of the third inning. The West moved on to the third.
Bichett, who missed the previous three games with a hard left wrist, doubled on Fede’s next step and was about to score a single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
West made his debut in the major leagues in 1976, and two years later became a staff member. He entered the 2020 season, working in 5,312 matches of the regular season in the majors, losing 5,370 to Bill Clem.
Although the game was in Washington, the Blue Jay was a “home” team – knocking down the bottom half of every inning – because the Canadian government did not allow them to use their home stadium in Toronto during the coronavirus pandemic. Eventually, the Blue Jays will use the second-league balpark in Buffalo to host their games, but this establishment is still being prepared.