Vin Scully lip-reads Jim Tracy’s ejection in hilarious fashion (Video)

It’s always nice to see umpires get together on the field to make sure they made the right call after a questionable play, but sometimes it doesn’t work out. During the seventh inning of the Dodgers-Rockies game on Monday night, Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler made what appeared to be a nice catch on a sinking liner. The call could have gone either way, as it appeared to just barely knick the ground but for the most part Fowler had it in the web of his glove. The umpire initially called it a catch.

However, Mike Estabrook changed the call to a trap after meeting with the rest of the umpiring crew. Considering how close of a play it was, they probably should have just let the call on the field stand — which appeared to be the right one. This infuriated Colorado manager Jim Tracy and led to some amazing commentary from Vin Scully, who lip-read from Tracy as he was being ejected.

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Jim Tracy says Ubaldo Jimenez hitting Troy Tulowitzki was most gutless act he’s seen in baseball

Bad blood rarely boils over during spring training games, but it happens. If not for Ubaldo Jimenez, we may have made it through an entire spring training without a bench-clearing incident. Jimenez, who now pitches for the Indians, drilled former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow on Sunday. The Indians insist the ball got away from him, but Jimenez reportedly threw his glove to the ground and started walking toward Tulowitzki once he drilled him. Couple that with the fact that there is a history between the two and that would make for quite the coincidence.

To say Rockies manager Jim Tracy is upset over the incident would be a massive understatement.

“It’s the most gutless act I have seen in 35 years of professional baseball,” Tracy said angrily according to the Denver Post. “I have lost all respect for him. To do something like that and walk down off the mound, and if there’s any suggestion whatsoever that the ball got away, I don’t want to hear any of that (expletive). He intentionally threw at him. He should be suspended. I am going to be very disappointed if he doesn’t get suspended. He deserves to be.

“Are you kidding me? Five days before opening day and you are going to take a potshot like that? It was the worst I have seen. I have lost respect for him and that’s a very difficult thing for me to say.”

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Are These the ’07 Rockies All Over Again?

The 2007 Colorado Rockies were a mediocre team playing around .500 ball most of the season until September. That month, the team went from 69-66 to 89-73, finishing up the year going 12-1 to force a one-game playoff with the Padres to determine the National League Wild Card winner. After beating the Padres, they continued their hot play by sweeping the Phillies and Diamondbacks before ultimately crapping out against the Red Sox in the World Series. What they did was not only improbable but also alarming — how could a team go from being average for 80% of the season to stellar the other 20% and wind up as the top team in the league? Well their luck seemed to catch up with them last year and this year’s team seemed to be following the same form. Until May 29th when everything changed.

The Rockies decided that they needed to switch it up at the top and they fired manager Clint Hurdle. Hurdle was the same guy who presided over the World Series run so clearly he’s capable of leading a team to success, but it was apparent whatever was happening with him in charge wasn’t working. The front office fired him and promoted Jim Tracy who’s collected unemployment checks following stints with the Dodgers and Pirates. While Trace has made some important changes like moving Clint Barmes up in the order and dropping Garrett Atkins, the roster is pretty much the same. The difference is the team is hearing a new voice and feeling like they have a fresh start which clearly was necessary. Now the starting pitchers are performing and the hitters are turning things around.

The results have been astounding. On Monday night, the Rockies got out to a 3-0 lead against the Angels and pounced in the 5th with a Brad Hawpe 3-run home run to make it 6-1. They wound up winning 11-1 for their 17th victory in 18 games. The team is now 19-5 since firing Clint Hurdle and four games over .500 instead of 10 games under. Even when the Rockies were hot, they were still around the .500 mark and therefore not worth mentioning. But now they’re within reach of the Dodgers the way they’re playing, and certainly a serious player for the Wild Card spot once again. I don’t know how long this will last but the warning label has been advertised: watch out, this team might be for real once again.