7/24/2014 1:30 A.M. ET
Pence's antics highlight Wacky Wednesday
By Manny Randhawa / MLB.com
It was a Wacky Wednesday around the Majors. From mascot mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a cheese cracker "home plate" delivery, it was quite an eventful day.
• Giants right fielder Hunter Pence decided to help out when the Phillie Phanatic was struggling to do some sit-ups between innings during San Francisco's 3-1 win over Philadelphia. With the Phanatic laboring, Pence gave him "mouth-to-snout" resuscitation, a heroic move by a guy who used to don a Phillies uniform … especially since the Phanatic had just made fun of Pence's teammate, Pablo Sandoval, after Sandoval face-planted in foul ground trying for a diving catch of a popup.
• Bartolo Colon, you're still not off the hook for the most amazingly bizarre swing of the season -- not even after your near-perfecto against the Mariners on Wednesday. But the Tigers' Joba Chamberlain did his best Colon impression with a wave at a 97-mph fastball from D-backs reliever Matt Stites.
• Fourteen minutes to get a tarp on the field? For the Yankees' grounds crew, that's what it took, along with the help of the Rangers' batboy and anyone else who was around to lend a hand. A torrential downpour at Yankee Stadium weighed down the tarp so heavily that moving it to protect the infield became too difficult before the field became unplayable and the game was called 1 hour, 49 minutes after play was stopped at 8:46 p.m. ET with one out in the bottom of the fifth. The Yankees won the rain-shortened affair, 2-1.
• What the Dodgers' Scott Van Slyke and the Cardinals' Joe Kelly began in last year's National League Championship Series is becoming a tradition in the NL, continued on this day by the Nationals' Aaron Barrett and the Rockies' Brandon Barnes.
The two men participated in an epic standoff in which both refused to leave where they stood for the national anthem. After sunscreen was applied and energy drinks were provided by teammates, the two continued to stand at their positions, even as Washington's Denard Span stepped in the batter's box to start the game against Colorado left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.
The winner was Barrett, who was standing near the dugout railing while Barnes stood at the edge of the warning track in foul territory down the first-base line. Barnes was forced to move by first-base umpire Jordan Baker. Rookie mistake.
• More from Nats-Rockies at Coors Field, and more weather-related craziness: In the seventh inning, Jayson Werth must have thought he got caught in a time warp, not to mention the wind vortex he was experiencing in right field. In a scene reminiscent of the type of weather seen at Candlestick Park, the old home of the San Francisco Giants, Werth was caught in the middle of swirling garbage as conditions turned nasty in Denver.
• Cheese crackers delivered right to your home … plate? That's what happened during Wednesday's Rays-Cardinals game in St. Louis, where there were some brotherly hijinks afoot. St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina had third-base coach Jose Oquendo take two packages of a tasty snack and set them on home plate for Yadier's brother Jose Molina, Tampa Bay's backstop. They were a welcome gift, as the elder Molina tucked them in his back pocket, perhaps for late-inning fuel.
And there you have it -- just another Wacky Wednesday around the big leagues.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.