Rodolfo Castro Drops Phone During Slide To Third
There have been a number of peculiar things to happen during the MLB season, and Wednesday night was no different. Recent Pittsburgh Pirates call-up Rodolfo Castro was added to the list after his phone dropped out of his pocket as he slid to third base in Pittsburgh’s game against Arizona.
Umpire Adam Hamari saw the phone and pointed at it. When Castro picked it up he handed it to Pirates’ third-base coach Mike Rebelo, who no doubt had a look of shock and disappointment on his face.
“I don’t think there’s any professional ballplayer that would ever go out there with any intentions of taking a cellphone,” Castro told the media. “It’s horrible it happened to me. Obviously, it was very unintentional.’
Pirates fans took to the internet to express their astonishment at the incident, and many were not happy.
greg brown realizing Rodolfo Castro had a phone in his pocket rounding the bases mere seconds after praising his new maturity is so so so funny
— Chris Copen (@Chris_Copen) August 10, 2022
Imagine the conspiracies if the phone was in Jose Altuve’s pocket instead of Rodolfo Castro.
— Jim Rosati 🏴☠️ (@northsidenotch) August 10, 2022
Rodolfo Castro gonna get sent down to AAA after this game 😭
— nick 🏴☠️ (@ROTYNick) August 10, 2022
Meanwhile, Pirates manager Drew Shelton said this incident is something he hopes Castro can move forward from.
“You stay around the game and you see things you haven’t seen before,” Shelton said. “This was just a kid who made a mistake. It’s just one of those things we move forward from and tell him, ‘You can’t do that.”’
Castro also reiterated that this was not the news he wanted to make in his first game back in the majors. “My first day back, if I was to be the center of attention, I would want it to be helping the team win, but never in this form,” Castro said. “This is definitely something that was an accident, a mistake, something I’m going to learn from. But definitely something I didn’t mean to happen.”
The Pirates are currently (44-66) and last place in the NL Central.