08/19/09 2:56 AM ET
Melky's tumble gives Yanks good laugh
Cabrera loses balance, falls over catcher after being hit
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
The outfielder inadvertently provided a light moment in New York's 7-2 victory over the A's on Tuesday, as he was plunked in the back by Oakland reliever Jay Marshall. Cabrera spun and tumbled over catcher Kurt Suzuki, plopping to the grass in foul territory.
Television cameras captured teammates Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Eric Hinske applauding and howling from the dugout. As he got up and retrieved his bat, Cabrera tried his best to stifle a grin.
"I was trying to get out of there and I fell over," Cabrera said. "That's never happened to me."
The play came as the Yankees put up a five-run inning against Marshall and Santiago Casilla, as Cabrera would later score on Johnny Damon's double to left field.
At third base, Nick Swisher tried to hide his laughter in his helmet, and Cabrera certainly heard more good-natured jeers upon returning to the dugout.
"Man, it was funny," Cano said. "We were just laughing at him."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi had spent the morning watching a joint practice between the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers as a guest of Niners coach Mike Singletary, and said he'd never seen anything like Cabrera's spill on the diamond.
"I saw some of that today earlier, but never at a baseball game," Girardi said. "I actually laughed. I had to turn away."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.