The old cliché that we see something new every day at the old ballpark held Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
This evening’s particularly whimsical moment of irregularity occurred in the second inning of the Boston Red Sox’s game against the Kansas City Royals.
With two outs and a runner on first base, the Royals’ Kyle Isbel hit a deep drive toward Fenway’s famous Green Monster in left field. Red Sox left fielder Masataka Yoshida leaped in an attempt to catch the ball but to no avail. A very confused Yoshida looked around for the ball, thinking it had ricocheted off the Green Monster, only to learn that the ball had broken through one of the “OUT” lights on the scoreboard.
The Royals’ Matt Duffy, who had been stationed at first for the at-bat, scampered home for a run. Instead, the play was ruled a ground rule double. Duffy had to go back to third base and Isbel was awarded second base. The next batter, Maikel Garcia, flew out to end the threat and the only damage done was to the scoreboard light.