Leave it to the umpires to take the absurdity of the Red Sox-Orioles feud to ludicrous levels.
O’s pitcher Kevin Gausman was ejected by home plate ump Sam Holbrook in the second inning of Wednesday’s game for hitting Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts with a pitch. In isolation — and only knowing that the teams have exchanged beanballs over the course of a week, mostly aimed at Gausman’s teammate Manny Machado — you might say, “Well, yeah, Gausman deserved to go. Good job, umps.”
People who know baseball’s unwritten rules (and umps should be part of that group) know Cheap Jerseys Hockey that intentional knockdowns/purpose pitches/hit batsmen are done with fastballs.
That has been the case each time Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Barnes and Chris Sale have thrown at Machado in response to Machado spiking Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia on a slide last month. It was the case when Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy plunked Boston star Mookie Betts on Monday.
Gausman was incredulous when Holbrook tossed him. He motioned that he threw a curve. TV captured him mouthing, “What the f— are you doing?”
Player celebration became a topic last season when the NFL Cheap Jerseys Good Quality decided to really crack down on what the league deemed inappropriate. Players were penalized and fined and often felt like they were being mistreated with the punishment.
Bennett is just one of several players to voice frustration over the issue and says the underlying factor is that the league wants to promote itself and not the players in it. He then compared the NFL to NBA in terms of marketing.