Francisco Lindor walked to home plate in the first inning Sunday wearing the wrong batting helmet.
Lindor, a switch-hitter, was wearing the helmet he wears when batting left-handed, but was set to hit righty against Danny Duffy of the Kansas City Royals. The protective flap on the helmet was on the wrong side of Lindor's face.
"I guess everybody was screaming at me," Lindor said. "Everybody noticed but me. I had no idea. Once I went to the plate, I felt a little light. It comes to find out I didn't have any ear flap on the left side of my helmet."
Lindor credited Mike Moustakas with perhaps the biggest play of the game.
"Moose started screaming at me," Lindor said. "I looked at him. He touched his ear. I thought I had my earrings on, but I had the wrong helmet and the wrong leg guard. I had everything wrong."
Lindor exchanged helmets with a bat boy, switched the leg guard and smiled when he returned to the batter's box. He was still trying to figure out what happened following the game.
"I knew it was Duffy," he said. "I knew it was a left-hander pitching. I just didn't have the right gear."