A strange loop occurred yesterday in Dunedin when switch pitcher of the Toronto Blue Jays Pat Venditte faced switch hitter Antoan Richardson of the Pittsburgh. Reports are that the at-bat is still going on as the two sides cannot decide which side they want to pitch and bat from. Okay, you want to pitch left? I will bat right. You want to pitch right? I will bat left. Repeat.
Here’s live footage of the at-bat, still in progress:
Actually, a rule exists to prevent that from occurring–the so-called Venditte rule, but it would be entertaining if they could do this all day. I am easily amused. Just give me a beer.
According to Cosman, this is how it went down:
“Venditte began the inning pitching right-handed, and then switched to left when Richardson came up to bat. So, while initially planning to bat left-handed, Richardson swapped sides of the plate, and thus batting helmets. And then Venditte began to switch hands again, and Richardson followed suit.”
Supposedly, home plate umpire Bob Davidson did encourage Venditte to continue changing sides.