Mariners’ Lloyd McClendon Goes Crazy After Ejection
One of the best pastimes in baseball is a manager going crazy when he gets ejected. The MLB season is quite long and teams can get into a rut, so sometimes a manager needs to wake them or protect a player from an ump, resulting in an ejection. And that is exactly what happened to the Seattle Mariners’ Lloyd McClendon.
Lloyd McClendon Goes Crazy After Ejection
In the third inning, young Mike Montgomery — making his MLB debut — was on the mound with Alex Rodriguez at the plate. And on a 3-2 pitch with two outs and Brett Gardner on second, Montgomery threw a low breaking ball that A-Rod appeared to swing at. However, the first-base ump thought he held up, resulting in a walk and the inning to continue.
Of course, catcher Mike Zunino was angry over the call and proceeded to show a bit of emotions, which resulted in the first-base umpire, Will Little, tossing him.
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This set Seattle’s McClendon off, resulting in his ejections seconds later. But the Mariners’ manager was going to make every moment of his ejection count, as he first yelled at the first-base umpire, then proceeded to the home plate blue and finally jogged towards the third-base ump to yell at him too. He would walk into the dugout to a standing ovation by the home crowd.
Unfortunately for the Mariners, this at bat would actually matter, as Mark Teixeira would drive Gardner in before Montgomery closed out the inning. Later, Seattle’s Fernando Rodney blew the save, as the Yanks, down 2-1, tied the game. It would end with New York winning 5-3 in the eleventh.
As for McClendon, he calmed down in his post-game press conference, but was still extremely unhappy with Little’s decision to toss Zunino.
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