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Umpire Paul Nauert drilled in crotch by wild pitch during Angels-Royals tilt (GIFs)

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Thursday evening’s late game ended up being a thriller as the Kansas City Royals edged the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 in 11 innings on Mike Moustakas’ solo shot in Game 1 of the teams’ American League Division Series opener.

The outcome obviously was a joy for Royals fans while Angels fans were left hurting. But if we’re talking about hurt, it was a crotch shot suffered by home plate umpire Paul Nauert that may be the most indelibly painful image of the evening.

With Mike Trout at the plate, Royals pitcher Wade Davis threw a terrible pitch that bounced several feet in front of home plate. Catcher Salvador Perez tried his best to block the bouncing ball, but the ball instead bounced past him … into Nauert’s balls.

Yep, the old ump crotch shot.

Ow My Balls!

And another look (via Cut4):

In all seriousness, let’s thank the Patron Saint of Crotch Shots, St. Balsac (not a real saint … as far as I know), that Nauert remained in the game and is okay. Well, as okay as can be expected following that horribly painful-looking incident. Yeesh. Chances are good that Nauert was sitting on a pile of ice in the umpire locker room after the game … for a couple of hours.

(GIFs via Cut4, top image via Twitter/SB Nation)