Crazy night in Toronto
Angel Hernandez might be the worst umpire in Major League Baseball. Whenever you flip on Baseball Tonight or SportsCenter and see some sort of dustup over a bad call that ends with someone being thrown out of a game, it seems like half the time, Hernandez is involved. That's why it was no surprise to see Hernandez in the middle of the turmoil Wednesday night in the bizarre ninth inning of the Rays-Blue Jays game. In case you missed it, the Rays were down 5-3 with two runners on in the ninth when Carlos Pena tried to call timeout with the count 2-and-2. Hernandez refused to give Pena time and Pena struck out looking. Pena argued. Rays manager Joe Maddon argued and was ejected by the short-fused Hernandez.
But having said all that, Pena is notorious for asking for timeout while standing in the batter's box. It was only a matter of time before he ran into an umpire who refused to grant his request. While it would be nice to blame Hernandez for the whole mess, Pena shares at least half of the blame, if not most of it.
Angel Hernandez wasn't done being Angel Hernandez. Later in the inning, he tossed departing Blue Jays reliever Kevin Gregg, who was obviously (and maybe rightly so) upset over an awfully tight strike zone. Here's how the Toronto papers saw Wednesday night's come-from-behind Rays victory:
Click here for the Toronto Sun game story.