In the last few weeks, I recall commenting to my fiance that Davey Johnson never gets ejected.
I’m not one who watches baseball for the fights, (I enjoy baseball, not hockey) and I’m typically not a fan of players who mouth off to umps. Yes, he rung you up on a pitch that was just a ball. No, he’s not changing his mind. And no, you’re not special–it happens all the time. And yes, sometimes I think managers go overboard with the flailing arms, finger pointing and vein popping.
But would it hurt for Davey to get fired up enough to get ejected just ONCE?
He had the perfect opportunity Saturday afternoon when the Yankees were in town. In the bottom of the 8th, Ian Desmond hit a solo home run to tie the game. That was followed by a double by rookie Tyler Moore, and another double by Adam LaRoche. Moore ran for home (and the lead), and was called out at home–a play that much of the sports media have aired a hundred times and deemed a blown call.
As luck would have it, that run could have won the game. But it didn’t, and instead the Yankees won 5-3 in the 14th inning.
Now, I know there’s nothing that can really be done about a blown call at the plate. So long as there’s no instant replay (and I’ll save my thoughts on that for a future post), we’re stuck with 1 man’s gut call.
But I don’t think Davey’s little “talk” with the ump was enough. That run made the difference between getting swept by the Bronx Bombers, and scoring a late inning run for the win. It may not be Davey’s “thing,” but in this instance, I really would’ve liked to have seen him make a big enough stink to get thrown out. When you’ve got a packed house, a winning record, the most famous franchise in history in town, and a damn good rookie who should have just scored the winning run, it’s time to show a little emotion.