VIDEO: Daniel Murphy just avoids mascot in Colorado Rockies return
After being placed on the injured list on April 1, Daniel Murphy finally returned to the Colorado Rockies lineup on Wednesday afternoon, taking the field against his former team, the Washington Nationals. However, his welcome back to the lineup came with an interesting moment between innings.
Playing in his first game at Coors Field as a member of the Colorado Rockies, Daniel Murphy may not be familiar with the Comfort Dental Tooth Trot. It’s a dental-themed between-innings race between three mascots, a tooth, toothbrush and toothpaste. The mascots race behind the playing surface, staying on the dirt between third and first base.
With the end of the race roughly even with first base, the mascots speed up near the end to win the race. The end of the race also takes place right by the Colorado Rockies dugout. That’s where Murphy was exiting when this happened just before the sixth inning began…
It was a close call for Murphy, who just returned to the Rockies after suffering an avulsion fracture of his left index finger. The tooth (named Toothy, by the way) did a nice job of avoiding him while Murphy is obviously a little surprised to see the racing mascots coming at him.
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The 34-year-old Murphy was signed in the offseason to a two-year deal by the Rockies with the hopes that the career .299 hitter would be able to boost a Colorado offense that has struggled to put hits together with runners in scoring position this season.
Murphy quickly made his presence known with the Rockies in his first game at Coors Field, singling in the first inning and drawing a walk in the third. He would eventually score in the third on Raimel Tapia‘s three-run double.
After an off day on Thursday, the Rockies begin a road trip with a three-game series in Atlanta against the Braves. Hopefully Murphy won’t have this kind of reaction again any time soon…