There was no need to adjust the television set Friday night when Royals outfielder Terrance Gore stepped to the plate and faced New York reliever Adam Ottavino at Yankee Stadium.
But it was a strange sight: Both players were wearing uniform number zero. That is No. 0 vs. No. 0.
That was a first in the history of Major League Baseball.
Ottavino wasn’t impressed. He told James Wagner of the New York Times: “I really don’t know what to say about it honestly. Just two guys with a stupid number.”
Gore, who is batting .417 this season with a 1.129 on-base-plus-slugging percentage struck out looking.
Here is the moment, which came during the Yankees’ 6-2 win over the Royals:
“One time I pitched and (the Dodgers’) Brian Wilson pitched at the same time with double-zero,” Ottavino told MLB.com. “That’s the only other weird, quirky one that happened like that.”