Man vs. fence usually favors the wall

Man vs. fence usually favors the wall

ST. PETERSBURG -- After Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson smacked face-first into the wall while trying to track down a line-drive home run by Jesus Montero on Thursday, the topic of fence crashes was raised with a couple Mariners outfielders on Friday.

Casper Wells remembered splitting his chin and forehead open on a pole when he was a kid, but said he's yet to duplicate that feat in the Majors. But teammate Michael Saunders, who has roamed center field most of this season, said his worst incident came this spring while shagging balls at the team's spring complex in Peoria, Ariz.

Saunders said he was going back for a ball when he heard relief pitcher Scott Patterson yelling that he had plenty of room. The next thing he knew, he was crashing into a fairly unforgiving chain-link fence.

"It gave a little bit, but I came up and my sunglasses were on the side of my head, my hat was sideways ... and [Justin] Smoak was on the ground laughing," Saunders said.

As for Patterson, who had played with Saunders previously in Triple-A Tacoma?

"He said, 'I thought you knew me well enough to know I was kidding,'" said Saunders, still shaking his head at the memory.