Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

A curveball in the dirt somehow ended up stuck in Yasmani Grandal's chest protector

One of the beauties of baseball is the sheer variety -- the sense that just about anything can happen. Any given pitch can travel in a number of different directions: over the fence, in a fielder's glove, in the stands, in a cup of beer. But even by the standards of #WeirdBaseball, where this Ross Stripling curveball ended up during the Dodgers' 14-3 win over the D-backs was ... new. 

Yes, seriously, the baseball ended up inside Yasmani Grandal's chest protector -- and refused to leave. We promise this isn't an optical illusion:

Ball

MLB.com's Jack Baer reported that neither manager Dave Roberts nor Vin Scully, a 67-year MLB vet, had ever seen anything like it before. Starter Ross Stripling also talked about the play postgame:

"I didn't know what that was. I was yelling at Yaz 'It's in there!' and he's trying to get it. Then the umpire calls time and I'm like 'okay, dead ball.' Then he goes 'runner, advance' and I'm like 'What?' He called it lost ball or something and I was like 'I've never heard of that.'

Exactly what's the ruling when a baseball gets lodged in a player's uniform? Apparently it's a wild pitch -- which, according to Rule 5.06(c)(7) in the MLB Official Rulebook, allowed Jake Lamb to score from third but saved Grandal from perhaps the most sad-trombone error of all time. It was a weirdness in the batter's box theme that was apparent throughout the D-backs-Dodgers series: