Nationals’ Shawn Kelley regrets his immature behavior on mound
Washington Nationals reliever Shawn Kelley expressed regret over his immature behavior on the mound Tuesday.
The Nationals destroyed the New York Mets 25-4, leading to some funny Twitter reactions. What wasn’t so funny was the Nats relievers who pitched in such a blowout.
Kelley was tasked with closing out the Nats’ 25-1 lead in the ninth inning. He actually allowed four hits and three runs before getting the final out. After allowing a two-run home run to Austin Jackson, Kelley threw his glove in disgust.
Shawn Kelley clearly thrilled to be closing out a 24 run lead… pic.twitter.com/I88bKNbmS8
— Tim Murray (@1TimMurray) August 1, 2018
After the game, Kelley said he was frustrated because he felt confused by the umpires.
Shawn Kelley said he wasn’t frustrated to be in the game. Said home plate ump was telling him to slow down, but second base ump was telling him he wasn’t coming set, so it bubbled over when he allowed the homer.
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) August 1, 2018
He acknowledged the immaturity of his glove throw and said it was wrong.
Shawn Kelley: "In retrospect, I should not have thrown my glove. You should never throw your glove. We should act like adults."
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) August 1, 2018
That’s big of him to say that. And maybe pitching in that much of a blowout did bother him, regardless of whether he’ll admit it or not.