Albert's 14th Inning Walk-Off
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols (5) steps on home plate with home plate umpire Paul Nauert watching as teammates wait following his solo home run in the 14th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in St. Louis Thursday, July 13, 2006. The Cardinals defeated Los Angeles 3-2 in 14 innings.AP Photo/James A. Finley)
Unlike most other team sports, in which teams usually have an equivalent number of players on the field at any given time, in baseball the hitting team is at a numerical disadvantage, with a maximum of 5 players and 2 base coaches on the field at any time, compared to the fielding team's 9 players. For this reason, leaving the dugout to join a fight is generally considered acceptable in that it results in numerical equivalence on the field, and a fairer fight.