Umpires meeting at home plate after the premature exit of umpire Brian O'Nora Sep 11, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; First base umpire Pat Hoberg (31) talks with third base umpire Tom Hanahan (69) as he fills in at home plate after umpire Brian O’Nora (not pictured) left the game in the third inning between the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Monday’s game between the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies featured one of the strangest umpire situations in recent memory, as home plate umpire Brian O’Nora disappeared while the game was going on.

The strange moment occurred in the top of the third inning after Christopher Morel flied out to right field to start the inning.

As Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner stepped into the batter’s box for his at-bat, O’Nora walked over to and went into the Rockies dugout.

Things got even weirder, as this caused a lengthy delay in the game as everyone waited for him to return. A replacement would ultimately come out to replace him after a 14-minute delay.

Everything went back to normal once the new umpire came into the game. But fans were speculating about exactly what was wrong with O’Nora.

It’s hard to remember the last time that something like this has happened where an umpire just up and leaves a game without any clear reasoning. We have seen umpires get hit with a ball or a bat and have to be taken off the field, but this is an entirely different situation.

Maybe it was just as simple as O’Nora needing to use the bathroom immediately. But hopefully whatever was ailing him at the time has passed and he is okay.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.