Quintin Berry rounds bases, slides home after being ejected (Video)

Quintin-Berry-slideQuintin Berry, who has spent time in the majors over the past two seasons with the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, is currently playing with the Baltimore Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate Norfolk Tide. Berry was ejected from Thursday night’s game against the Syracuse Chiefs. Before he left the field, he did something we have never seen before.

With his team trailing 5-3 and two outs in the ninth, Berry ripped a single to left field. For whatever reason, he turned back and said something to home plate umpire Tom Honec and was ejected for it. After being tossed, Berry decided to run the bases and slide into home plate.

Both managers and Syracuse left fielder Dustin Hood said after the game that they have never seen anything like that before in their lives.

“I ain’t never seen that in my life,” Hood said, via Lindsay Kramer of Syracuse.com. “I didn’t know what happened. Then I saw him chirping and I was like, he’s just trying to be funny.”

Aside from the fact that Berry threw a childish temper tantrum, he also cost his team a chance at a comeback. Had he simply kept his mouth shut and legged out his single, the Tide would have had a man on and a chance to start a rally. Instead, he decided to give bloggers something to talk about.

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Quintin Berry: Yankee Stadium is a very easy place to play after Oakland

Yankee Stadium is not the hostile environment it once was. Since the new park opened with higher ticket and concession prices, empty seats on game day have become a common theme. Some of that emptiness has carried over into the playoffs, and Tigers outfielder Quintin Berry said that has made  New York a comfortable city to play in.

“This is a very easy place to play now,” Berry told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. “Coming from Oakland, the fans there were so rowdy. It was easier to come here.”

Even when Yankees fans have made noise by booing, it’s been directed at their own players. Robinson Cano was booed on Sunday and Nick Swisher said he has been “hurt” by the way the fans in right field have treated him.

“Our fans haven’t had much to cheer about, so you can’t blame them,” Alex Rodriguez said. “You’ve got to blame us. If I was sitting there, I’d be perplexed, too. We didn’t score any runs. What the hell are you going to cheer about?”

For once, the secondary ticket market is not to blame. Thousands of Yankee Stadium seats sat empty during Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS, some of which could have been had for around $15 on the day of the games. If the Yankees are fortunate enough to take two of three from the Tigers in Detroit this week, perhaps they will return home to a packed house. If Detroit is the final stop of New York’s 2012 season, this postseason will truly be one for Yankees fans to forget.