What's Buzzing:

Big League Stew

Umpire Greg Gibson takes Torii Hunter’s cleat to his head during a violent collision (Video)

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

View gallery

.

(Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

This might be the best baseball photo we'll see all year and the good news is that umpire Greg Gibson walked away from his gruesome collision with Torii Hunter's cleat on Wednesday night with only a few stitches — and not a concussion or any plastic surgery — to show for it.

That may sound flip, but the result from the incident during the fifth inning of the Los Angeles Angels' 8-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians could have been much worse. Hunter later told reporters than he had worn metal spikes for Sunday and Monday's games before switching to plastic spikes on Tuesday for a change of luck. He then superstitiously continued wearing them on Wednesday and that limited the damage as Gibson admirably tried to get into the right position to make a call on Hunter's attempt to come home on a Kendrys Morales double.

[MLB Full Count: Watch live look-ins and highlights for free all season long]

What he got as a reward for his effort was a cleat to the cheek and an early exit from the game. Precautionary X-rays were taken at a hospital and it was announced he'd be OK.

From MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez:

After the game the Angels' veteran right fielder was able to speak with Gibson. The umpire did not speak with reporters.

"Everything's fine; he's in his right mind," Hunter said. "He was cracking jokes. He was cracking jokes [on the field], too. He wanted to stay in. Too much blood, though." ...

"It's a scary situation," Hunter said, "because when I kicked him I wasn't thinking I had rubber bottoms on."

Scary, indeed, but Gibson's resiliency led to one of the rarest sights in sports — an umpire receiving a standing ovation from the fans as he exited the field. Needless to say, he deserved every bit of that applause. Great job, good effort.

Here's the entire sequence, followed by a photo-by-photo breakdown:

* * *

View gallery

.

(Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

* * *

View gallery

.

(Kevin Sullivan/OC Register via AP)

* * *

View gallery

.

(Kevin Sullivan/OC Register via AP)

* * *

View gallery

.

(Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

* * *

View gallery

.

(Kevin Sullivan/OC Register via AP)

* * *

View gallery

.

(Reed Saxon/AP)

Want more baseball all season long?
Follow @bigleaguestew@KevinKaduk and the BLS Facebook page!

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Tim Brown: Melky Cabrera's suspension is a huge blow to the Giants
Umpire orders Mets' R.A. Dickey to remove kids' friendship bracelets during game
Team countdown: No. 1 USC eyes BCS title game after two-year postseason ban
Y! News: Rower finishes 1,500-mile journey for charity despite sexual assault

View Comments (1678)
  • Canadian lightweights Mitch Clarke, John Makdessi added to July UFC card in Vegas

    Canadian lightweights Mitch Clarke, John Makdessi added to July UFC card in Vegas

    Clarke, a Saskatoon native who trains in Edmonton and Arizona, is coming off a loss by decision last April to Michael Chiesa, who is currently ranked ninth among lightweight contenders. The loss was the third against two wins in the UFC for Clarke … More »

    The Canadian Press - 7 minutes ago
  • Rockies get break with postponement

    Rockies get break with postponement

    The game between Colorado and Pittsburgh on Thursday was postponed because of rain and snow. ''Just worried about winning,'' said Story, who is hitting .241. ''I don't think about it at all,'' said Story, who looked at a called third strike that … More »

    AP - Sports - 10 minutes ago
  • Lance Armstrong asks U.S. judge for summary judgment in lawsuit

    Lance Armstrong asks U.S. judge for summary judgment in lawsuit

    Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has asked a U.S. judge to decide a more than $100 million lawsuit against him by the federal government without holding a jury trial. The motion seeking a summary judgment in Washington's U.S. District Court is … More »

    Reuters - 11 minutes ago
  • Back-to-back no-hit bid ends for Arrieta

    Back-to-back no-hit bid ends for Arrieta

    Jake Arrieta's bid to become the second pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters has ended with a broken-bat single on his fifth pitch. The bat of Milwaukee's Jonathan Villar shattered as he blooped an opposite-field liner over third base on a 2-2 … More »

    AP - Sports - 12 minutes ago
  • Hayes indicted in Smith shooting

    Hayes indicted in Smith shooting

    A business owner and semiprofessional football player was indicted Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of retired New Orleans Saints' defensive end Will Smith. Cardell Hayes was also indicted on a charge of attempted … More »

    AP - Sports - 13 minutes ago