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August 09, 2018 01:33 PM

At Wednesday’s match-up between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox, things came to a brief halt at the bottom of the ninth inning, when second base umpire Bruce Dreckman had to step away to pull a live moth out of his ear canal.

The medical emergency was caught by MLB’s cameras during the game’s broadcast, and left baseball fans gasping.

Dreckman originally looked relaxed when he ran off the field, asking Yankees trainer Steve Donahue for assistance.

At first, Donahue tried to extricate the bug with a long cotton swab to no avail.

Eventually, Dreckman used a pair of tweezers to pull the moth out, its wings still flapping.

“That’s some freaky stuff,” one of the announcers said.

Bruce Dreckman and Steve Donahue
MLB

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The game, meanwhile, continued without Dreckman during the bug extrication — the Yankees and White Sox playing with only three umpires on the field.

Distraction aside, the Yankees — who were leading the game 7-3 — maintained their lead, eventually triumphing over the White Sox.

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