Umpire CB Bucknor punches out Seth Smith on strike two (GIF)
Umpire C.B. Bucknor was a little too eager to punch out Oakland A’s left fielder Seth Smith on Thursday.
Smith was facing New York Yankees reliever Adam Warren during the bottom of the 11th inning and had a 2-1 count. Warren threw a change that backed up into the zone, and Smith took it for strike two. Bucknor must have lost track of the count, because he rang up Smith. I mean Bucknor was just textbook with his punchout. He gave it a left-right combination to the body like a champ.
Smith was unfazed by the punchout. He remained in the box — probably somewhat confused by Bucknor’s actions — and grounded out in his at-bat.
Here’s the full video:
GIF via Fangraphs
H/T Erik Malinowski