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Rajai Davis accidentally slid into Joe West at home plate, and things got real awkward

Longtime umpire Joe West was behind the plate on Sunday night for the Philadelphia Phillies’ 5-2 win against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park, the final game of their three-game series.

Things, however, got a bit awkward in the top of the eighth inning after outfielder Rajai Davis attempted to slide into home.

After second baseman Jeff McNeil hit a grounder to first base, Davis attempted to score and tried to slide around Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto. Davis, though, was too late and ended up sliding wide right.

After Realmuto made the tag, Davis’ momentum ended up carrying him right into West’s legs — which knocked the 66-year-old over.

and in a moment of perfect symbiosis: Rajai Davis’s face inflicts the perfect insult-to-Joe-West’s-injury
— Hannah Keyser (@HannahRKeyser) September 2, 2019
West awkwardly landed right on top of Davis, and struggled to get back up to his feet — even after trying to use Davis’ back to do so.

Eventually, Phillies pitcher Hector Neris had to help him back to his feet.

Then, finally, West was able to officially make the call at the plate.

Rajai Davis getting called out here is a real insult-to-injury moment
— Hannah Keyser (@HannahRKeyser) September 2, 2019
Thankfully, West wasn’t hurt during the play.

Davis’ face during the whole thing, however, was priceless.

Naturally, social media had jokes

It didn’t take long for fans to take to social media after the incident at home plate, either.

Love that Joe West still had the wherewithal to still make the out call after all of this. Consummate professional.
— AJ Turner (@atoj247) September 2, 2019
*record scratch* *freeze frame* yep, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I got here.
— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) September 2, 2019
Joe West: Warrior
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) September 2, 2019
When a bee lands on me. ?
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September 2, 2019
— SI Extra Mustard (@SI_ExtraMustard) September 2, 2019
If you can’t get up off the player you’ve fallen on, it might be time to hang it up.
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) September 2, 2019
Rajai Davis’ reaction to ump Joe West accidentally mounting him says everything we need to know about that hilarious sequence at home plate.
— Kelcey Brade (@KelceyBradeTSN) September 2, 2019
A perfectly reasonable reaction when Joe West is falling on you…
— Luke Jones (@BaltimoreLuke) September 2, 2019
Sometimes Joe West eats a sandwich and sometimes there’s a Joe West sandwich.
— Danny Rockett (@SonRanto) September 2, 2019
He GRAZED Joe West’s ankles and Joe West became the Life Alert commercial.
— colleen (@cmmcguire) September 2, 2019


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