A cameraman was hit in the head by an errant pitch during Wednesday’s game between the Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles and both teams were taken off the field by the umpire.
The man, Pete Stendel who works for YES Network, was due to be carried off the field but raised his hand in the air and gave a peace sign, to wild cheers from thousands of Yankee Stadium fans.
The pitch came from shortstop O Gunnar Henderson and it sailed over 1st – where Ryan O’Hearn tried to catch it – and it hit the cameraman in the bottom of the fifth inning .
Shortly after being taken off the pitch and taken to hospital, the players resumed their positions and play resumed.
The general stoppage lasted about 10 minutes, and Yankees fans chanted “MVP” as the cart circled the outfield.
Camera operator receives medical attention after being hit in the head by a stray pitch
Pete Stendel, who works for YES Network, held up a peace sign as he was carried off the pitch
Stendel was taken to hospital for further checks after receiving treatment on the pitch
Stendel (left, pictured working at a Mets game) appeared to be fine after huge initial concern
“If you know Pete, it’s so Pete,” Michael Kay said on the Yankees show. “He will now receive the best care possible.”
Kay added that Stendel was apparently talking when he was being treated afterwards.
YES Network even tweeted the video of Stendel being kicked off the pitch with the caption, “Feel better, Pete Stendel.”
The Mets manager for SnyTV tweeted of Stendel, “If you’re a Mets fan and watch SNY regularly, I don’t need to tell you how awesome Pete Stendel is.”
“He is a living legend and an HOF human being. Please send all your prayers, love and positive energy to the Bronx at this time.
Stendel is a Jersey-based artist who also works as a cameraman.
“Jersey Shore-based artist Pete Stendel has traveled the world as an Emmy Award-winning sports cameraman,” his website reads. “This multidisciplinary artist combines spirit, a great sense of color and a sense of composition.
Stendel is quoted as saying of his art: “I don’t have an agenda. I let colors and shapes take over. I just want to create art where you’ll find something new every time you look at it.
“Life is an adventure and along the way I hope to share my art with all who appreciate it.
“I hope to do gallery shows and impromptu public street shows until I am asked to leave.
“My art is my life, because I spend so much time in the creative mindset, whether it’s working in a TV studio or playing in my art studio. I can’t wait to cross paths . Thanks for your support.’