Robbie Ross and his bullpen catcher weren't the only ones who had to jump up when the Texas Rangers rookie received the call to warm up in the bullpen on Thursday night. Also seeing some action was a fleet-footed clubbie who was sent to retrieve a different jersey when it was discovered that Ross was wearing a different jersey from his teammates.
Watch Ross stand out during the late innings of Texas' 7-3 win in the second game of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards:
Luckily for Ross — and unfortunately for the out-of-breath clubbie — the jersey switch ultimately went for naught as the left-hander was never brought into the game.
Afterward, Ross offered an excuse, which was different from the one San Francisco's Santiago Casilla proffered earlier this season. He had originally been wearing the away uniform that the Rangers donned during Game 1 then forgot to switch to the alternate blues for Game 2.
Here's what Ross told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas:
"After the first game, I came in here and ate and left my sweatshirt on," Ross said from the clubhouse following the game. "I ran out to the field. So when they told me to get up and get ready, I was still wearing the gray jersey. I was like, 'Oh, my gosh.' Actually, I looked up and (Scott) Feldman and (Mark) Lowe are looking at me. They told me to calm down and throw the ball and they'd get me a jersey."
I've seen people ask beat writers on Twitter if players actually shower between games of a doubleheader. (The answer is usually that all players are different. Some do. Some don't.)
This is the first time, though, that I've seen a player answer the question himself.