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Indians' Trevor Bauer explains how drone sliced him out of Game 2

Technically Incorrect: The nerd pitcher says an errant done propeller cut his finger. Oh, he also loves Star Wars "a lot."

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


And then I put my finger here...

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Major League pitchers are often big and delicate.

My own San Francisco Giants have enjoyed starter Matt Cain cutting his finger in the clubhouse kitchen and former reliever Jeremy Affeldt not only cutting himself while separating burger patties, but spraining his knee when his son jumped into his arms.

Then there's Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians.

He was supposed to start Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday.

Bauer, however, is something of a nerd. Suddenly, it was announced that a drone had put him out of action. No, not one sent by the opposing Toronto Blue Jays. Canadians would never do that sort of thing.

Instead, it was Bauer's own drone that had sliced his pinkie. Bauer will start Game 3 on Monday night, but he brought his drone to a press conference on Sunday, so that he could offer a detailed explanation.

"So I plugged it in like I've done thousands and thousands of times," he said. "And for whatever reason it was sitting like this, I was plugging the battery in and my finger happened to be right here, and for whatever reason these three propellers didn't spin like they were supposed to and this one spun up at max throttle."

Got that? In essence, it was the drone's fault. Bauer, though, isn't sad. (The Indians won anyway.)

However, he did feel the need to explained a little more.

"I'm a big nerd," he said. "And I like 'Star Wars.' A lot."

He first became passionate about drones in 2013, when he saw a video of them racing through a forest. You know what that reminded him of, don't you?

"It reminded me of the scene on Endor where they're driving the speeder bikes, and I said 'that looks awesome, I've got to learn how to do that,'" he said.

Bauer, a mechanical engineering major at UCLA, said he custom-designed his own drone. There must be a certain solace in being attacked by something you created.

Some Americans know exactly how that feels.

"I have 8 or 10 of them in my fleet," Bauer said of his drones. In his fleet. Goodness. In his private life, address him as Admiral Bauer.

He said he flies his drones "hard."

But you want to know more about his Star Wars love. His favorite movie is "Phantom Menace" because he loves Darth Maul.

He said he's "pretty pumped" for "Rogue One." I feel sure his teammates hope he's equally pumped to propel balls at Blue Jays.