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Video: Nationals vs. Phillies Delayed After Netting Behind Home Plate Collapses

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 6, 2021

AP Photo/Chris Szagola

The Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies game was delayed for 20 minutes in the top of the eighth inning after the protective net behind home plate collapsed at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday afternoon.

NBC Sports Philadelphia @NBCSPhilly

Well, we’ve seen it all today. The protective netting behind home plate and along the base lines collapsed and the Phillies-Nationals game is in a delay. pic.twitter.com/U1jQBTkXnY

The Phillies were leading the Nationals 12-6 in the top of the eighth inning during an eventful game.

Philadelphia Phillies @Phillies

*very Stefon voice*<br><br>This game has everything.<br><br>An under-the-weather ump, a seven-run inning, a 1000th career run, a straw hat, a 100th career homer, a straw hat curtain call, a big-league debut, collapsed netting ...

Multiple efforts were made to raise the net, with Todd Zolecki of MLB.com providing the play-by-play:

Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

There were 10 people on the field pulling rope to raise the netting. They failed. Fans booed.

Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

Now they are trying to pull rope with a four-wheeler. pic.twitter.com/Kpnhs2YW8q

Eventually, the problem was solved, and the game carried on:

Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

Collapsed netting delay was 20 minutes, 21 seconds.

Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post also provided his insight while recalling the time when a blowtorch was used to dry the Citizens Bank Park field:

Jesse Dougherty @dougherty_jesse

Groundscrew members are sprinting in rolls of rope from the right field corner to rig this thing up behind home plate. That last dude was running as if he has a date tonight.

Jesse Dougherty @dougherty_jesse

They are now rigging the net to the four-wheeler and having it drive away, using its weight to hold it all up. People in the crowd are shouting "Pull! Pull!" This is theatre.

Phillies relief pitcher JoJo Romero, who is currently out after undergoing Tommy John surgery, gave everyone high remarks for their efforts:

Jojo Romero @jojothejet6

How bout that team work from the @Phillies grounds crew and staff🙌🏽👏🏽 great tug a war/ high quality play by play/ and some very efficient knots tied. Job well done👏🏽

As for the game, Philadelphia defeated Washington 12-6 behind home runs from Brad Miller and J.T. Realmuto. Andrew McCutchen also had a pair of hits and two runs, one of which was the 1,000th of his career.

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