Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was ejected from one of the team’s games earlier this month after using a great zinger on home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott.
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince has a good story about ejections being on the rise this season despite instant replay being added to the game. In his story, he related the Pierzynski anecdote.
Pierzynski was tossed from Boston’s 7-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians on June 4 because he insulted Wolcott after Brandon Workman walked a batter in the sixth inning.
“Give me a new ball,” Pierzynski said to Wolcott after Asdrubal Cabrera had drawn a walk. “One you can see.”
Sheesh, is that all it takes? Umpires don’t have much of a sense of humor anymore these days. Well, I guess it’s hard to blame them for not laughing if they’re being insulted. And only A.J. Pierzynski would have the stones to say something like that.
The only shame in the situation is that unlike the NFL, umpires don’t have to explain the infraction committed. I would have loved to hear that one. Penalty — unsportsmanlike conduct on the catcher — he insulted the umpire. He has been ejected.
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