Patrick Mahomes, Bobby Witt Jr. correct a oddly mistaken umpire

PEORIA, ARIZONA - MARCH 09: Bobby Witt Jr. #7 of the Kansas City Royals during an at bat against the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning of the MLB spring training baseball game at Peoria Sports Complex on March 09, 2021 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
PEORIA, ARIZONA - MARCH 09: Bobby Witt Jr. #7 of the Kansas City Royals during an at bat against the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning of the MLB spring training baseball game at Peoria Sports Complex on March 09, 2021 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /
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The baseball traveled 430 feet. Bobby Witt Jr., the man who crushed it well over the outfield fences, was still called out. Patrick Mahomes, much like the rest of us, just wanted to know what in the world was going on.

On Tuesday, Witt enjoyed another banner night at the plate, hitting 2 home runs in a stretch that gives him 7 homers in the last eight games. Despite playing against players who average several years older than him at the AA level in Northwest Arkansas, the Kansas City Royals prospect is showing off very impressive power, especially for a middle infielder. However, the official stat sheet will instead say he only had 1 home run on Tuesday and only has six in his last eight games.

Here is what happened to nullify a monster shot from Witt:

On an appeal from the opposition, Witt was called out—yes, out—on that very play, the same play that he hit a monster shot into the stands.

We’re not exactly sure what the umpire saw here that made him discredit Witt’s home run. The claim is that he didn’t touch home plate but it doesn’t take much to see from a screen grab during the video that it looks as if Witt touches home plate twice, or makes an extra attempt to touch it after perhaps missing it the first time. Then again, maybe he’s even just adding a playful hop at the end. Who knows, but saying he missed home plate is ridiculous.

Instead, he was called out and observers were left scratching their heads. K.C. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who is also a part-owner of the Royals, was Chief among them. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

After the game, Witt took to Twitter to answer the Chiefs quarterback. He even went so far as to describe what was happening at the end of his home run trot.

Here’s hoping the official scorer not only gives Witt his home run back in the end for the sake of correcting a poor call. Even more, we look forward to having Witt at the big league level where hopefully umpires are a little better prepared to let a guy have his moment without somehow being bought off by the opposing team—or whatever was going on in that ump’s mind to try to call Witt out on that incredible home run.