bayside wrote:NO they dont. An umpire who blatantly makes things personal, with 2 purposefully bad calls in a row does NOT deserve respect. Then he tossed him out before Lawrie even turned around all the way.
I mean the guy was intentionally trying to show Lawrie up, and anyone who disagrees is either blind or ignorant.
What the hell are you talkin about?
What was personal before Lawrie started to yell?
Can you prove that those were purposefully bad calls?
The first one wasn't that bad anyway, it was just a bit off the plate.
Lawrie was tossed after he made two and a half steps toward the ump.
Obviously you didn't see the video, and say stupid things.
Intentionally trying to show Lawrie up? What the hell are you talking about?
I disagree with you, and looks like you are the one whos blind and ignorant.
Heres the video:http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21468797
He's talking about the simple fact that: the first called strike caught more of the LH batter box than it did the plate, and the second called strike was pretty much the highest called strike in the history of the MLB. Not only does the video suggest that the umpire had his head up his rear and deliberately called the second pitch a strike because of a pedestrian trot to first on what was obviously a ball ("WOW." and "fooled us all" were words the commentators used to describe it), but I have never seen a player ejected so fast in my entire two decades of watching baseball. I've never seen two strike calls in one at bat that were that horrible, either. Obviously, Lawrie's reaction to pitch #1 annoyed the umpire, and the second call was a "I'll show you; sit down I'm in charge, kid" retaliatory call.
You can either believe that the umpire has the eyesight of a bat, yet somehow managed to make his way onto an MLB diamond as a professional home plate umpire. Or, the umpire is a complete douchebag whose behavior was out of line before Lawrie's was...which caused Lawrie's bad behavior. Occam's Razor works for me.
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