Rodolfo Castro Pirates 08/09/22 Aug 9, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Rodolfo Castro (14) loses his iPhone as he slides into third base against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a new one.

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro had his phone fall out of his back pocket while sliding into third base on Tuesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Third base umpire Adam Hamari had to inform Castro that his phone was on the ground.

The first question here is of course- why does Castro have his phone in his uniform while playing a Major League Baseball game?

Castro was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis by the Pirates earlier in the day, and this was certainly a unique way to make his presence felt in the majors. He went 0-for-3 with a walk.

The Pirates lost the game 6-4 to fall to 44-69 on the season, and Pittsburgh beat writers seemed to all have the same reaction after the game ended: Castro’s phone falling out was basically the only interesting thing that happened with the Pirates in a boring game between two bad teams.

Baseball continues to find unique ways to give us a daily instance of something we’ve never seen before. Then again, with the obsession we have with technology and the need to have our phones these days, perhaps this kind of play will happen again pretty soon.

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