Beyond that, the call was right. The Bucs runner got his left hand in there and Carlos needs to start acting like a professional ballplayer and not a spoiled 3 year old at a candy counter. He's already hurt himself during his tantrums. One of these times he's going to hit somebody else (not Michael Barrett)
Personally, I like Z's passion. He felt like he got the guy and defended himself. And then the ump bumped into him which seemed to set him off.
The only problem I have with it was that his ejection gave the ball to the bullpen which we all know isn't a good thing.
I just watched another replay on Cubs.com, where people were responding to the ejection. During the interview with Bradley (funny btw) the show an angle from behind home plate for the duration of the ejection....
If Z is suspended for this - it's 100% bull-****. He was in fact backing away and the ump walked into him. Z did brush him back with a low forearm, which is when he was tossed.
I didn't see this earlier - but the ump needs a series or two off if anything. That was a crap move.
Loss of De Rosa was a big goof.
This is partially unrelated, but am I the only one who loves listening to Brenly rip on the umpires? Its like he's always looking for a window of opportunity to do so, and then he just goes off.
The other night he said something about Ted Lilly "just telling the umpire what a horrible job he is doing" and then said, "that usually happens when (whatever his name is) is behind the plate."
Sounds like this crew must be a rough one.
I was laughing, and also nervous with all of Z's antics during the game yesterday. It was hilarious, but the longer it ensued, the more games I saw him getting suspended. The ejection was busch league. That's why Z "tossed" Carlson. Carlson initiated the contact, then tossed him. The worst part about the whole thing is that the runner was pretty clearly safe on the replay...
It seems like the ump was itching to toss him if he argued at all. He really didn't seem interested at all in explaining what actually happened on the play. You often see good umpires point out where the runner touched the base. Doing this may have defused the issue if Z realized the runner got in behind him. Instead, I think the ump escalated the matter further and then itiated contact which caused Mt. Z to blow.
Maybe it is just me, because I do mostly youth games, I usually try to explain the results of a close play so that the player knows what happened. That way they can learn from their mistakes. For example, I was umpiring a 12 and under game and had a third baseman make a tag and then try to throw out the runner going to first. Unfortunately the third baseman tagged the runner with the glove, after they took the ball out to throw to first. No ball in the glove, so no out. They also didn't get the runner at first. I explained to the kid what happened and they probably wont make the same mistake again.
I really hope they make him the manager when Lou steps down, hopefully with Ryno as an assistant and Maddux as the pitching coach.
I think it was after an error and something along the lines of "Soriano can hit the ball well, but you could throw a dart into the 3rd base dugout and find a better left fielder"
Priceless. Of course Alou would start crying to mgmt.
How many years does Lou have left on his contract? Didn't he just sign up for another year or two? 2011 sounds right to me. It wouldn't surprise me if by then the went straight to Ryno. I'm a little dejected he didn't get the Iowa gig this year.