Thursday, July 16, 2009

What Is It With All These Ejections

I saw the replay of last night’s game where Jacoby Ellsbury earned himself his first career ejection. ; In the fifth inning, Ellsbury slid into home on a close play at the plate where he was called out. ; Replays indicated that he was indeed safe. ; Jacoby threw down his helmet violently in disgust. ; Although home plate umpire Derryl Cousins had his back turned during all of this, he must have overheard Jacoby’s angry reactions. ; In addition to that was Ellsbury’s helmet which was rolling around close to the on deck circle. ; After seeing all this, Cousins decided that Ellsbury would have to leave the game. ;

Earlier this week, good old Manny Ramirez also got ejected for tossing his arm guard near home plate umpire John Hirschbeck. ; The only difference here was that Ramirez had been arguing with Hirschbeck earlier in the evening (although apologized for it in his next at bat). ; Other than that it was a very similar scenario – Manny got called out on a terrible strike call, after which he tossed his arm guard up in the air in disgust. ; Hirschbeck had his back turned to Ramirez, but heard the arm guard land at home plate, very close to where he was standing. ; Hirschbeck tossed him on the spot. ;

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