Red Sox pitcher buys Blue Jays' Colabello a gift after beaning him

Sunday afternoon, the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox at Fenway Park (TOR 5, BOS 3), and there was a scary moment in the fourth inning. BoSox righty Steven Wright hit Jays first baseman Chris Colabello in the helmet with a fastball.

Here's the video:

Colabello, after being looked at by the trainer, was able to stay in the game. He did not start Monday afternoon's win against the Red Sox (TOR 4, BOS) 3), but he was able to come off the bench to pinch hit in the late innings.

"I gave all the answers to all the questions before they asked them," said Colabello to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi after Sunday's game. "As soon as they got out there, I said, ‘I’m good.’ And they’re like, ‘You should stay down,’ and I was like, ‘I know, I’m just taking my shin guard off.’ Then I said, ‘I’m at Fenway Park, we’re in Boston, it’s Sunday, it’s the day before Marathon Monday, it’s my hometown, it’s the (fourth) inning.’ I was really aware of what was going on. There was never a sign to me that anything was wrong. I said, ‘I’ll be honest with you, I promise. I wouldn’t mess with something like this.’"

In most cases hit-by-pitches are forgotten, even if they involve the head. Sometimes pitches get away and the batter gets hit. That's baseball. That is not the case here. As an apology, Wright sent over a bottle of booze over to the Blue Jays clubhouse for Colabello on Monday, reports the Associated Press.

"Steven decided that he was going to send over a gift," said Colabello to the Associated Press. "He didn't have to. I'm sure that's not cheap, too."

Colabello added it was "pretty obvious there was no intent" on Wright's part to hit him. Pitchers will absolutely hit batters on purpose, but very rarely do they throw at someone's head. That's extremely dangerous. These guys all have families and kids, you know.

Pretty nice gesture by Wright, I'd say. No one feels worse about plunkings up near the head than the pitcher.

Steven Wright sent Chris Colabello a bottle of booze after beaning him Sunday.
Steven Wright sent Chris Colabello a bottle of booze after beaning him Sunday. (USATSI)

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