“I asked him if he had stretched before the game,” Russell Martin explained. “And he said ‘what?’ Turned around, walked around me. ‘Excuse me?’ Did you stretch before the game? And he’s like, looks at me kind of funny. I’m like ‘you’re kind of tight right now.’ And he tossed me right out of the game. I was like ‘what happened?’ I thought this was fun, I thought this was a game… And I didn’t say it in a way that’s condescending. I was just trying to loosen some things up a little bit because I felt he wasn’t really having a good time. And yeah, so he threw me out. I didn’t say he sucked, I didn’t say he was the worst umpire in the league, I didn’t say any of that stuff. I just made a joke and then he threw me out. No warning, nothing. Just gone.”
That’s about as funny a way to get thrown out of a baseball game as I can remember happening.
Phil Hughes was the pitcher on the mound at the time. He might have been getting squeezed a bit, but a look at the Pitch FX data shows that there were only two pitches that were called balls that should have been strikes so it wasn’t too egregious. It was a tight strike zone for both teams all game long though.
Still, it seems like it was a bit of an overreaction for Martin to get tossed so quickly. I guess umpires can’t take a joke.