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(Deadspin)   It's a bad day for an umpire when players are throwing their helmets and fans their beers at you (video)   (deadspin.com ) divider line 116
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2012-05-15 11:07:05 PM  
That was a strike?

/poor sportsmanship is understandable
 
2012-05-15 11:31:19 PM  
Enjoy the suspension.
 
2012-05-15 11:37:52 PM  
There is a special corner in Hell for umpires and referees.
 
2012-05-15 11:55:35 PM  
I know this is savage and barbaric for me to say...but just once I'd like to see hundreds of fans spill out into the field for some vigilante umpire justice after an obvious bad call.
 
2012-05-16 12:02:08 AM  
wouldn't have happened if pitchtrack was accessible to umps
 
2012-05-16 12:38:12 AM  
farkin' millions of dollars and entire careers rest on these games.

When the ump makes a retarded call, the players should be allowed to toss their helmets on the ground. It happened to bounce up and hit him. That's the fault of the helmet maker and the grounds crew. Shouldn't be able to basketball bounce your helmets.

But even if you can you should be allowed to go ballistic on these umps! That was insane.
 
2012-05-16 01:48:15 AM  
Blow a call, get the awl.
 
2012-05-16 02:37:41 AM  

doglover:
But even if you can you should be allowed to go ballistic on these umps! That was insane.


I wonder what could possibly make someone with such big arms and musculature and strength just sudden;y lose it like that over a strike?
 
2012-05-16 02:47:07 AM  
... /blinks at above posts supporting bad behavior

And people wonder why parents go nuts at Little League games....
 
2012-05-16 03:11:18 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: I wonder what could possibly make someone with such big arms and musculature and strength just sudden;y lose it like that over a strike?


He's just touchy because the Blue Jays get cavity searched at the border every time they go on a road trip.
 
2012-05-16 03:15:37 AM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: doglover:
But even if you can you should be allowed to go ballistic on these umps! That was insane.

I wonder what could possibly make someone with such big arms and musculature and strength just sudden;y lose it like that over a strike?


You don't play enough sports. Steroids are simply artificial hormones. Plenty of guys are all testosteroned up WITHOUT drugs. They'll break your arm over $.25 and instead of apologizing get angry at you the next day for being a dumb shiat with money down on the table.
 
2012-05-16 03:32:41 AM  
Larry Brown Sports has a longer video up; that was the second straight ball four that was called a strike.

No excuse for throwing the helmet, but given that this was in the 9th inning of a one-run game, I can definitely see Lawrie being pissed at those calls.
 
2012-05-16 03:39:00 AM  

Harv72b: No excuse for throwing the helmet, but given that this was in the 9th inning of a one-run game, I can definitely see Lawrie being pissed at those calls.


Pissed? Sure. Go hit a Gatorade cooler or something. Going apeshiat like that is Delmon Young territory, especially during a game in May. Brett Lawrie's a rookie, and he'd better get used to seeing shiat calls, especially now.
 
2012-05-16 04:05:30 AM  
Watch where it lands in the glove. It wasn't that high.
 
2012-05-16 04:07:02 AM  
Bad call? Sure. Whiny little biatches? Oh yah. That fan should be barred from the park.
 
2012-05-16 05:04:02 AM  

doglover: You don't play enough sports.


LOL
 
2012-05-16 07:43:35 AM  
Video of last two pitches and aftermath

1 bad, very late call and 1 very bad call. I think Miller took offense to Lawrie moving towards 1st and called two undeserving strikes on him. Pretty petty and unprofessional.

Either way, ya can't lose your cool like that rook.
 
2012-05-16 07:51:23 AM  
that is a hard piece of euipment thrown as hard as the kid could throw it at the umpire... if you get suspended a few games for BUMPING and umpire or kicking dirt, that... that might be a season long suspension.

I'd think hes got to be gone for at least a month. It was just a bad strike call. okay, it was a REALLY bad strike call, but wow.
 
2012-05-16 08:00:01 AM  
Horrible strike call.

Who trains these umps, David Stern?
 
2012-05-16 08:02:04 AM  

violentsalvation: Watch where it lands in the glove. It wasn't that high.


Is the glove in the strikezone? NO

Lazy, shiatty umpires call balls and strikes in the catchers glove. In this case he was also waving his dick around to show the "rook" who's boss.

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2012-05-16 08:03:09 AM  

Sgygus: That was a strike?

/poor sportsmanship is understandable


Old-school strike zone.
 
2012-05-16 08:05:33 AM  
His punishment may be a bit higher since he's a rookie. They would probably nip his attitude problem in the bud.

/Was a bad call, but not a world series game. Its just may for Christ sakes.
 
2012-05-16 08:10:28 AM  
Umpires should be calling "balls" balls and "strikes" strikes. Not wielding power over a 1-run game in the bottom of the ninth.

What Lawrie did was inexcusable and I know he'll get suspended for what he did, plus the fan should be banned from the 'Dome, but if the umpires can't make that blatantly obvious call, much less two, late in the game, they should be replaced by Pitchfx. This game can be played without them.

Bill Miller is a buffoon. He just rocketed past Alfonso Marquez in my "umpire dislike" book.
 
2012-05-16 08:12:48 AM  
The ump didn't call a strike on the last pitch because the ball was in the strike zone. He called a strike because the batter douchetastically trotted towards first on the previous pitch.
 
2012-05-16 08:15:06 AM  

jaylectricity: I know this is savage and barbaric for me to say...but just once I'd like to see hundreds of fans spill out into the field for some vigilante umpire justice after an obvious bad call.


This happens in soccer in some countries.
 
2012-05-16 08:15:25 AM  

larrycot: The ump didn't call a strike on the last pitch because the ball was in the strike zone. He called a strike because the batter douchetastically trotted towards first on the previous pitch.


It doesn't matter. Call the damned pitch what it is.
 
2012-05-16 08:27:29 AM  
Taking his rage out on his helmet was the wrong thing to do. Now, smashing your bat against the wall in the dugout and giving yourself 10 stitches, that's the way to go.
 
2012-05-16 08:29:04 AM  

larrycot: The ump didn't call a strike on the last pitch because the ball was in the strike zone. He called a strike because the batter douchetastically trotted towards first on the previous pitch.


He trotted toward first on the previous pitch because said pitch was a foot outside. Ump got pissed that he didn't wait for the call, called it a strike, then called the next one a strike just to show him up. The ump was a total dick, period. No excuse for helmet throwing, though, dude's going to be sitting a while.

Nobody comes off looking good here.
 
2012-05-16 08:32:18 AM  

jaylectricity: I know this is savage and barbaric for me to say...but just once I'd like to see hundreds of fans spill out into the field for some vigilante umpire justice after an obvious bad call.


This isn't soccer. Keep that stuff in Europe and Asia. A good beer pelting was deserved and it appears that a number of fans approved for the offenders aim.
 
2012-05-16 08:32:39 AM  
"strike zone"

What a stupid sport.
 
2012-05-16 08:33:47 AM  
www.brooksbaseball.net
 
2012-05-16 08:34:07 AM  

macadamnut: "strike zone"

What a stupid sport.


Thank you for your comment. It has been noted and stored in the internet archives for us to remember that in the future, baseball is a stupid sport.
 
2012-05-16 08:39:42 AM  
that is one roided up looking dude. way cocky for a rookie to be strutting to first after those calls, which were horrible calls, the first was worse than the second. and then the roid rage afterwards. no one looks good.
 
2012-05-16 08:42:32 AM  
The batter needs a long suspension and the fan needs to be banned. Bad call or not lets act like adults.
 
2012-05-16 08:43:52 AM  

Ziegenbak: Video of last two pitches and aftermath

1 bad, very late call and 1 very bad call. I think Miller took offense to Lawrie moving towards 1st and called two undeserving strikes on him. Pretty petty and unprofessional.

Either way, ya can't lose your cool like that rook.


This.

Another of those stupid "unspoken rules in baseball" where the ump didn't want the rookie to get over on him, so he put him in his place by calling him on back to backs. Problem is, both were insanely obvious bad calls.

Yeah, I get professionalism, but the fans were screwed out of a win by a diva umpire that was looking to stroke his own ego. Yeah, ban the fan, but I also don't have a problem with that fan throwing their beer at him in frustration.
 
2012-05-16 08:46:49 AM  
Is there any recourse against the Umpire though? I don't know how arbitration works in Baseball - surely he'll get spoken to?
 
2012-05-16 08:50:11 AM  
There are certain umpires (and referees) who honestly think they are part of the reason the fans are in the stands. There is no other explanation for the exagerrated strike three calls other than trying to show up the player. Watch enough games and you will see that the umpires do not go in to their unneccessary dance unless it is a called strike three. If a player swings and misses it is just a normal call, but watch a called third strike and that is cause for dancing.

With that being said, there is no referree or umpire who thinks the game is about him more than Joey Crawford in the NBA. I am not an NBA fan but I have seen enough game to know he has a bigger ego than any player on the court. The guy is so delusional I would guess he thinks he is part of the show people bought tickets to see.

The real tragedy is there are alot of great umps/refs who call great and fair games, but it is idiots like Miller and Crawford who give the rest a bad name.
 
2012-05-16 08:51:42 AM  
Yawn. If you are still playing a children's game, I sort of expect you to behave like a child.
 
2012-05-16 08:53:55 AM  
What do you think will happen to ump if season is decide by one game? I was at game six 1985 world series with my dad. He says with a smile that the Cards fans pelted the ump with trash that day.
 
2012-05-16 08:54:01 AM  

fickle floridian: ... /blinks at above posts supporting bad behavior

And people wonder why parents go nuts at Little League games....


I don't support the behavior, but umpiring in MLB is a joke, especially when it comes to the strike zone. And it's something that can easily be addressed but the league and the umpire's union won't allow it.
 
2012-05-16 08:55:20 AM  

bluenote13: There are certain umpires (and referees) who honestly think they are part of the reason the fans are in the stands. There is no other explanation for the exagerrated strike three calls other than trying to show up the player. Watch enough games and you will see that the umpires do not go in to their unneccessary dance unless it is a called strike three. If a player swings and misses it is just a normal call, but watch a called third strike and that is cause for dancing.


Show me an umpire with an elaborate/exaggerated out call and I will show you an umpire that regularly makes bad calls. And not just on 3rd strikes.
 
2012-05-16 08:57:46 AM  
Ump musta wanted to go to one of Toronto's many strip clubs.
 
2012-05-16 09:00:49 AM  
The ump was provoking that reaction and brought it on himself. Too bad he didn't get properly clocked in the head.

Some people just don't handle power very well.
 
2012-05-16 09:05:05 AM  

doglover: When the ump makes a retarded call, the players should be allowed to toss their helmets on the ground. It happened to bounce up and hit him. That's the fault of the helmet maker and the grounds crew. Shouldn't be able to basketball bounce your helmets.


I can't blame anyone else but Lawrie. He had to know a helmet would bounce (even I know it does and I am not near as strong and don't wear one on a daily basis), and he threw it straght towards the up. All he had to do was throw it at an angle to not hit him. I hope they take into account that it was not intended to hit the umpire, but it was his fault for being stupid.
 
2012-05-16 09:07:38 AM  
Lawrie is a cocky rookie and he absolutely should not have thrown his helmet. However, those two strike calls were outrageously bad.
 
2012-05-16 09:15:30 AM  

Brother_Mouzone: that is one roided up looking dude. way cocky for a rookie to be strutting to first after those calls, which were horrible calls, the first was worse than the second. and then the roid rage afterwards. no one looks good.


Yeah, I wouldn't be shocked if Lawrie was on the juice. The guy is so jacked it looks like he was inflated..
 
2012-05-16 09:21:13 AM  
Hmm, it's almost as if a sport that bases its rulings on the inherently inprecise judgement calls of a human being is actually subject to human error.
 
2012-05-16 09:26:55 AM  
For once I'd like to see MLB suspend an umpire for 10 games when they make a very obvious bad call. If there were some reciprocal justice in the world, the players would feel the need to lash out as much during the games.
 
2012-05-16 09:29:13 AM  
As if you needed more reasons why baseball is America's third most popular sport, and uncared about in the rest of the world.

"Strike-zone," "human error," steroids, and lack of using machines that are much more accurate. Oh yeah, lack of instant replay of any sort, which is an expansion upon the last point.
 
2012-05-16 09:31:24 AM  
I agree with Lost Thought 00
 
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