Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino was ejected from yesterday’s game against Florida for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire Ed Rapuano. Which really isn’t that big a deal–until one considers that Victorino was 350 feet away from the plate, playing center field.
Victorino threw his arms up after a pitch by Rodrigo Lopez to Florida’s Wes Helms was called a ball. Home plate umpire Ed Rapuano promptly tossed him. Victorino ran in from center, but was restrained by teammates. via.
None of the highlight packages I’ve seen have shown the pitch in question [except this one, which we screen-capped above], so it must have been a truly piss-poor call. That said, the rules about arguing balls and strikes are quite clear, unlike the rules of love and war, which seem to be much more lenient. And more expensive, when you think about it. Also notable about this game (which the Marlins won handily) was that it might be the last start for Jamie Moyer, who was the only player to pitch for 10 years or more in the bigs and serve in the Revolutionary War. It’s funny because he’s old, see.