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The 2013 season hasn't been too kind to umpires.

They're taking foul balls to the family jewels, taking heat for bad calls and, on Friday night one reportedly left a game early because he swallowed his chewing tobacco.

Home plate umpire Brian O'Nora left the field during the bottom of the first inning of the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets game at Citi Field. There was a nine-minute delay, allowing first-base ump Adrian Johnson to change into home plate gear.

Once the game resumed with three umps working the field, it was announced in the press box why O'Nora had to exit so quickly.

Kevin Cooney, the Phillies beat reporter for the Bucks County Courier Times, tweeted the proclamation.

The Associated Press reported O'Nora left with flulike symptoms.

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