Tarp or Tossed? Ump Says He Didn’t ‘Eject’ O’s Grounds Crew

Even for baseball fans who've seen everything, this was a bizarre sight.

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New York Yankees' Tyler Wade, right, steals third base as Baltimore Orioles third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez tries to apply a tag during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Even for baseball fans who’ve seen everything, this was a bizarre sight: The entire Baltimore Orioles’ grounds crew, perched behind the tarp and poised to spring into action as a storm approached, suddenly got told by an umpire to scram. That’s how it looked Wednesday night at Camden Yards as the Orioles clung to a one-run lead in the ninth inning over the New York Yankees. Ready to roll out the tarp from beyond first…

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