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Mets-Phillies game delayed because umpire Brian O’Nora swallowed his chew

Brian O'Nora

Home plate umpire Brian O’Nora is seen during the third inning of a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees in Detroit, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


After Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick got Daniel Murphy for the second out of the inning in tonight’s affair in Queens, home plate umpire Brian O’Nora ran off the field suddenly. The Phillies broadcast suggested the ump might have been battling the flu, but it was soon reported in the press box at Citi Field that O’Nora had swallowed his chew. Yuck.

This ranks right up there among weird reasons baseball games have been delayed. Ahead of or behind the bees at Petco Park in 2009?