If baseball's unwritten rules were actually written down somewhere, I'm sure the first one on the list would be to always keep your eye on the ball. It's a good rule, too, though maybe a little difficult to obey because once one ball goes out of play a new one will be coming into play that you'll have to locate almost immediately.
OK, maybe I took that a little too literally, but I bet Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock wishes he had as well on Friday night.
After delivering a pitch to Los Angeles Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos that was bunted foul at the plate, Peacock wandered off the mound while keeping his eye on the now dead ball. Little did he realize that home plate umpire Paul Schrieber was throwing a new ball into play, and Peacock ended up wearing it on his chest near his left shoulder, which thankfully isn't his throwing arm.
Of course the throw wasn't hard enough to do any significant physical damage, but a bruise is a bruise. Then again, in this case I suppose a small bruise shaped like a baseball would likely pale in comparison to the larger bruise worn on Brad Peacock's pride after bring plunked by an umpire. That's just not how it's supposed to work.
This is also where I mention that odd things like this only happen to the Houston Astros.
But hey, on the positive side for Peacock, he did throw one of his better games on the season in Houston's 8-2 win, holding the Angels to two runs (both unearned) over 6 1/3 innings. That improved his record to 2-4 while lowering his ERA to 5.59.
Big BLS H/N: For The Win