A beer vendor got a standing ovation from the nearby crowd of Phillies fans at Citizens Bank Park this afternoon, but it wasn’t for bringing them beer. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, catcher Carlos Ruiz fouled off a Dan Haren offering, and the liner sailed into the vendor’s case of beer.
From the angle provided, it’s tough to gauge the vendor’s intent, but it appears the foul ball simply found him. Watch:
MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.
Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”
It was quite the scene, man:
I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.
Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.