Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wasn’t in his usual jolly mood after MLB umpire Sam Holbrook tossed him from the game last night.
Holbrook blew it. It was easy to see.
A fly ball was hit to the St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Lance Berkman. He caught the ball. Pedro Ciriaco tagged from third and scored easily on the soft arm of Berkman.
The Cardinals appealed the play and Holbrook, whose eyes appeared to be solely on Berkman when he caught the ball, rung up Ciriaco.
A pissed off Clint Hurdle came out of the dugout to let Holbrook have it. He and Holbrook had a discussion, and Hurdle returned to the dugout.
But Hurdle wasn’t done. After the Pirates got the third out, Hurdle went back out to let Holbrook know he had blown the call…..one more time.
In seconds, Hurdle was tossed. In the video below, Hurdle explains why he did it.
(if you watch the replay of the game)
Before Ciriaco bunted with two strikes, you see Banister giving the signs to Leyva at third base. He gives the signs, and then shrugs his shoulders causing the palms of both hands to go up in the air. It was an interesting thing to see as perhaps Leyva apparently didn’t like the call, or maybe Banister didn’t like the call and was expressing his disbelief?
Obviously, one or both of the men were right if Hurdle issued the mandate….. Ciriaco bunted directly in front of the plate and Josh Harrison was gunned down at third base (Holbrook rung him up) Neil Walker then grounded into a double play to end the game.
We can only imagine the conversation between Banny and Nick after the game.