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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Articles tagged: meltdowns

Joey Votto goes nuts after being ejected (Video)

Joey Votto ejection

Joey Votto was ejected during the eighth inning of Wednesday’s Pirates-Reds game in Cincinnati for arguing a strike call, and boy did he ever lose his mind.

Votto, who was 1-for-3 in the game with two strikeouts, was already ticked about a 1-1 call in the fourth inning. A pitch he thought was a ball was called a strike, giving him a 1-2 count. He ended up punching out in the at-bat.

Then in the eighth, a 1-1 pitch again was called a strike despite being outside the zone, making it 1-2. Votto contested the call to home plate umpire Bill Welke, and things eventually developed into a full-on meltdown after Votto was ejected.

Votto absolutely lost it on Welke. He slammed his helmet and bat and tried to get in the umpire’s face. He was quickly tossed from the game and had to be separated from Welke by some of Cincinnati’s coaches.

Interestingly enough, Ramon Cabrera entered the game in Votto’s place to finish the at-bat and actually singled! This act by Votto rivals Torii Hunter for biggest meltdown of the season.

Tennis player Viktor Troicki has epic meltdown (Video)

Viktor Troicki meltdownViktor Troicki played a pretty forgettable match against Ernests Gulbis in the second round of the Italian Open on Wednesday, but he did have a pretty memorable meltdown.

Troicki was down a set and serving to start out the second set down 30-40. Facing a break point, Troicki hit a crosscourt backhand that went deep and appeared to clip the line. The chair umpire called it out, giving Gulbis the break to start the set. It also led to a complete unraveling from Troicki, who went off the hinges.

Troicki immediately complained about the call, leading to him and the umpire investigating the mark the ball left on the clay court. Troicki pointed out that there was no space between the mark the ball left on the court and the baseline, while the umpire refused to change his call.

“You don’t want to correct yourself. You’re wrong,” Troicki kept repeating while making a huge scene.

“From space you can see it’s there,” he said, drawing plenty of laughter.

“You are 100 percent wrong. I wouldn’t make a show out of this,” he continued.

Then around the 2:45 mark, takes the cameramen and has them come out to film a zoomed-in shot of the ball. The camera guys seemed to be loving it, too.

With all respect to Troicki, it looks like he was right in his argument. Check out where the ball landed:


High school goalie scores on own net, flips off coaches, gives salute, exits ice (Video)

Farmington goalieA high school goalie in Minnesota had the ultimate meltdown on Tuesday night in which he purposely allowed a goal, flipped off his coaches, gave a salute, and then exited the ice.

According to tweets from Follow The Puck, the meltdown occurred in a game between Farmington Senior High School and Chaska High School. Follow The Puck says Farmington was up 2-1 with three minutes left when the goalie scored on his own net to tie the game. He then started to skate off the ice, flipped off his coaches, gave them a salute, and exited. The incident was all caught on video, possibly by some people who knew what he was planning to do.

Follow The Puck seems to understand the circumstances behind the meltdown. The goalie apparently is typically a backup to a sophomore, but he got the start because it was Senior Night. This may have been his way of expressing his dissatisfaction with his situation on the team.

Follow The Puck says Chaska went on to win the game 3-2.

And with that, we have one of the greatest meltdowns of all time.

Brian Wilson Meltdown Video – Beats up Gatorade Cooler Carlos Zambrano-Style

Closer Brian Wilson blew his second straight save chance for the Giants and he did not take it well. After giving up four hits and a walk against the seven batters he faced in Detroit Friday night, manager Bruce Bochy pulled him. Wilson reacted by busting up a Gatorade cooler like he were Carlos Zambrano or Carlos Perez. Check out the Brian Wilson meltdown video:

If there are any redeeming aspects of the meltdown, it’s that Wilson stuck to inanimate objects rather than his teammates, unlike Carlos Zambrano. It was also quite sweet of him to set the cooler back up after he was done busting it up.

You may have noticed that Wilson punched a cooler on the wall at one point. That’s an easy ticket to a hand injury, but that wasn’t the case, he says. “It’s fine. Ask the wall,” Wilson reportedly said about his hand after the game.

Then when asked if it would be difficult to watch highlights of him busting up the cooler, he gave a typical Brian Wilson response. “Why? … I mean, I squared [the cooler] up.”

Classic Brian Wilson. Maybe next time he should stick to lip syncing music videos in order to land on YouTube rather than meltdowns. And by the way, Jeremy Affeldt closed it out to preserve the win.