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A strange thing happened in the top of the fifth inning of the first game of today’s Nationals-Phillies doubleheader. Nationals’ rookie catcher Spencer Kieboom spit out a tooth (or possibly a chunk of tooth?) on his way to the plate for his second at-bat of the day.

Moments later, Kieboom smashed a first-pitch fastball from Nick Pivetta over the wall in right field, for his first career home run:

Clearly, because the milestone dinger came immediately after spitting out a tooth, it must have happened because of the spitting out of the tooth. That is just how cause and effect works, I’m afraid. Spit out your teeth, is what I’m saying.

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EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING UPDATE:

Just to be safe, you should still knock one of your teeth out with a ball-peen hammer.