When runs are coming at a minium, you can’t afford to be without your best hitter.
But if your best hitter should happen to look at Gary Cederstrom the wrong way, then anything is possible.
In the top of the third inning Carlos Ruiz was ejected from the game when he questioned a call on a pitch by Roy Halladay.
“Chooch said he just told the umpire, ‘That was a strike,’ and when he looked up at him he threw him out of the game,” Manuel said. “When I went out there, the ump said, ‘He was looking at me and I threw him out.’ “
I suppose that Cederstrom thought that Chooch was showing him up, but really, who is showing up who here? Sometimes the umpiring crews need to let stuff go, and stop trying to interject themselves into the game so much.
Joe West must have written a handbook for these guys or something…
Roy Halladay was in the middle of coughing up 4 runs to Nationals at the time of the incodent, and you could tell he was less then pleased with the ejection of his catcher.
“I didn’t see anything wrong with what he did,” Halladay said. “He didn’t use obscene language. He simply said it was a strike. I’ve never seen one like that before. It’s unfortunate. He’s our best player and he got run out of the game for saying a ball was a strike. I’ve never seen that before.”
Ruiz had already left the complex when the team was made available to the media.