Rays Upton expects fine/suspension after ninth inning ejection vs. Jays
Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton said he expects a fine and possibly a suspension after being ejected Wednesday by homeplate umpire Chad Fairchild in the ninth inning of Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Upton, who struck out four times, including three times looking, had to be restrained by third base coach Tom Foley and first base coach George Hendrick while arguing with Fairchild. He tossed his batting helmet, and on the way to the dugout, returned to toss both batting gloves.
"Hey man, I don't know. I just kind of lost it a little bit I guess you could say,'' Upton said. "I'm a pretty laid-back guy, I think. Obviously, you could tell I didn't like the call...I'll probably get a fine/suspension. It is what it is. It's done with now.''
Rays manager Joe Maddon, who was ejected in the seventh inning by crew chief Joe West, said Upton had a right to be upset at Fairchild's ninth-inning call for strike three.
"I actually had the privilege of watching it on television at that point and those were pretty egregious calls,'' Maddon said. "So I can understand why he was so upset. I really believe that particular at bat should be reviewed by the umpiring higher ups as opposed to being all over B.J. Upton right now.''