Boston Red Sox Mike Napoli claims umpire ejected him for ridiculous reason
“Kill the Ump.” “You’re a bum.” “What are you, blind?” Typical jeers you hear at a major league baseball game. The funny thing is that it could be 2015, 1915, or 1895. It seems to the casual fan that umpires these days have shorter fuses, are more aggressive in arguing, and throwing out a lot more players for what seem like unworthy reasons. Like when Bryce Harper was thrown out for not getting back in the box during a shouting match between his dugout and the umpire. Or simple turning one’s head to get a final word in after a called strike three for Asdrubal Cabrera. According to Boston Red Sox 1B/DH Mike Napoli, he was ejected for not picking up his bat. Yes, every team actually has a designated employee, called a bat boy, to do this. But the umpire seemed to have an axe to grind. Gordon Edes of ESPN.com reported the home plate umpire Tripp Gibson seemed to use the abandoned bat as an excuse to eject Napoli after he disagreed with a call.
“I thought I walked. That’s why I dropped my bat. And I had a conversation with him, told him I thought it was a ball. He said it was a good pitch, so I started taking off my batting gloves and started walking back toward the dugout. He told me I forgot my bat, I stopped a little bit, and [then] he told me to come back and pick up the bat. I pointed at the bat boy, who picks up our bats, and he tossed me. So then, when he tossed me, I told him how I felt.”
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