Last year Rodolfo Castro made baseball history. Called up to the Major Leagues in April, the 22-year-old eventually recorded his first hit — a home run. But his next four recorded hits were all also home runs, something no player had done since 1901.
CBS News reports that this week, finally called back up to the Major Leagues, Castro again made history — of another sort:
Modern technology has allowed people to take their phones, as well as the power of the internet, with them anywhere they go. Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Rodolfo Castro took his around the bases against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Yep — an iPhone made a bizarre cameo in the 4th inning, reports the Associated Press:
Castro and third base coach Mike Rabelo stood and stared, mortified…. Even third base umpire Adam Hamari had the perfect reaction, pointing at the phone that came flying out of Castro’s back pocket during a head-first slide, trying not to giggle at the absurdity of the situation.
Those around the sport cringed along with them. “That’s obviously not something that should happen,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said…. This faux pas just happened to be at a televised big league game, creating a video clip seen by millions.
“I just remember getting dressed, putting my pants on, getting something to eat, using the restroom,” the 23-year-old Castro said through a translator Tuesday night after the Pirates lost 6-4 to Arizona. “Never did it ever cross my mind that I still had my cellphone on me….”
It’s far from the first time a phone has made a cameo on a pro sports field. One of the most famous examples came nearly 20 years ago when New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Horn pulled out a flip phone — remember those? — that he had hidden in the padding around the goalpost and then acted like he was taking a call after scoring a touchdown.