Here’s to home plate umpire Francisco Ramirez–yelled at consistently by players and managers all night long in Puerto Rico’s 4-2 win over Mexico.
I just hope the guy got home OK.
After Jon Weber was ejected in the 10th inning, it looked like the ringleaders of the Mexican contingent–led by the rancher guy, the dude with the wrestling mask and a Hermosillo jersey and the guy with the green, red and white beard that sparkled–seemed like they were out for blood.
Screaming at Ramirez with regular voices and with the help of a bullhorn, they gave the home plate umpire the business. This is what happens when you allow fans to lead cheers (and jeers) from on top of the dugout.
(Incidentally, I tried to get on top of the dugout to take one photo two days ago–with a photographer’s credential–and got shooed by two members of security.)
After Weber was gone and manager Lorenzo Bundy was done arguing his case yet again, play resumed. That’s when the fans started throwing coins on the field in Ramirez’ direction.
The Mexican fans were extremely close to their boiling point. But after Juan Canizalez made the final out–which was well past midnight local time–Ramirez sprinted for the exit and all that happened was a chair thrown out of the Mexican dugout.
I’m just hoping Ramirez isn’t behind the plate when Dominican righthander and now, by some act of God, personal friend Jose Lima takes the mound again.
That might get ugly.
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