SE: Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber loses his mind, gets thrown out after bad third-attack call by Angel Hernandez

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Given that it happened on April 24, we can not really declare anything for the best of the season, right? Call this more of a prediction than a statement, in that case, because we doubt there will be a funnier expulsion of a Major League Baseball player. Our champion here would be Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber. The insulting party would be home court referee Angel Hernandez.

Background: Both sides were unhappy with Hernandez because of his, um, we mean inconsistent strike zone throughout the match that was broadcast nationally as ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Schwarber himself was called up on an orbit outside the zone in his previous battle, so there was plenty of luggage here.

Also be aware that this was the ninth inning in a 1-0 match where the Phillies were behind and it was a 3-2 count (it would also end 1-0).

Take it away, Angel and Kyle.

Let’s break it down.

  1. Schwarber goes right to take his base, but he gets called up by Hernandez.
  2. Schwarber knows immediately that he is being thrown out and plans to get his well-known money worth. He slams the bat and helmet down, but seemed to be careful to make sure they did not go in the direction of Hernandez at all. It was pretty much meant to be a momentary heat draft. Hernandez kept his end of the trade here by immediately throwing out Schwarber.
  3. Schwarber then gives us the show we deserve and theatrically points out that Hernandez has missed pitches … on THIS side of the plate … and THIS side of the plate … and OVER the zone … and BOTH TEAMS AGREE. Seriously, that’s been the best part of the draft. While Schwarber was indignant about the fate of his last two record appearances, he still had the presence of mind to point out, “hey, this is not a selfish thing. You’ve been terrible for both teams! ”

It is rare to see a player hit all of these notes in such a short time. Bonus points for not being designed or extra over-the-top. Just a short and sweet, epic performance.

The only failure was that Phillies manager Joe Girardi was so subdued. He probably thought Schwarber did enough to speak for everyone. No argument there. It was a big effort.

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