Update: Kieboom did indeed lose a tooth on Tuesday before hitting his first career home run. It just didn’t happen right before he hit the home run, but while eating a baguette with his breakfast earlier in the day. And it wasn’t even a tooth, but a veneer.
Regrettably, that means he wasn’t actually spitting out a tooth at the plate. We definitely wish he was though.
So Spencer Kieboom lost his tooth to a baguette this morning. It was a veneer. He’s getting it fixed on the next off-day. But that thing he spat.. just spit.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) September 11, 2018
“I know everybody wants it to be my tooth.” Alas.
Spencer Kieboom had one major league call up in 2016 for a single game, but has had much more of an opportunity to make an impact in Washington this year as he’s spent upwards of 40 games with the Nationals as they’ve dealt with injuries to their catchers. He’s hitting only .198 with five doubles, but Kieboom got his first Major League home run on Tuesday in the opening game of a doubleheader against the Phillies.
Everyone’s first career home run is memorable to them personally, but this one is definitely . going to be one to remember for all of us. Because right before he hit the dinger, Kieboom apparently lost his tooth and spit it out as he was stepping to the plate.
You can see his missing tooth as he rounds the bases here. He helps us out by pointing to that big gap in his teeth. Bless him.
Spencer Kieboom swung so hard he knocked his own dang tooth out. pic.twitter.com/nSzSN1eGOQ— Dañ It's Pronounced Why-Ner (@DanWeiner) September 11, 2018
No, Kieboom didn’t knock the tooth out with his swing. As MASN’s Dan Kolko reports, he did indeed spit it out before he even faced a pitch.
For those unable to watch our MASN broadcast, Spencer spit his tooth out while walking to the plate before his first MLB homer. I’m not joking. I cannot wait to ask him about this after the game. https://t.co/CZ60A5Mhoe— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) September 11, 2018
You can see the tooth flying out of his mouth in Cut4’s video here. Super casual, just losing a tooth guys. Nothing to see here. About to hit a dinger.
This is @KieBOOM22. That's his tooth flying out of his mouth.— Cut4 (@Cut4) September 11, 2018
He hit a home run shortly after this. pic.twitter.com/SmPJuq2f7q
The Nationals had some fun with the strange occurrence. Of course, maybe they don’t want to remind their fans that it’s almost hockey season (where a D.C. team with a championship will be playing) seeing as they’re not even making the playoffs this year.
Only 22 days till next hockey season. pic.twitter.com/DDdhwyDAHz— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 11, 2018
Hopefully the team can call up one of the Capitals players’ preferred dentists to get that fixed right away. It’s still not clear why his tooth was loose enough to spit out in the first place.