The New York Yankees celebrated a walk-off home run in the 11th inning by Brett Gardner as most teams do around baseball; by hopping up and down and pushing each other around in a wild scrum at home plate. When the enthusiasm of the thrill of victory overtakes you, you better make sure you have a good dental plan.
Aaron Judge was on the receiving end of a flying batting helmet, and the helmet chipped a tooth in Judge’s mouth. So the celebration was not quite the enjoyable experience for the rising star in the Bronx as it was for the rest of the team.
“It wasn’t my fault,” Gardner said after the game, per MLB.com. “I threw [the helmet] on the ground and then I think he had it in his hand. Somebody bumped into him and it hit him in the face. He’s too big to get hurt by something like that. I think he’ll be all right.”
Big guys can get hit too though.
As you can see in the video of the home plate celebration, Gardner takes his helmet off and tosses it low to the ground toward the welcoming committee surrounding home plate:
Somehow, the helmet makes its way up toward the mouth of Judge, as you can see in the below tweet from Jimmy Traina:
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) July 28, 2017
Assaulting a Judge has to be some kind of felony. Fortunately for the Yankees, Judge is not expected to miss any playing time after an emergency trip to the dentist.