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Omar Vizquel got ejected while not even playing last night

May 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Omar Vizquel AP

You might think that a 45-year-old in his 24th big-league season would be pretty mellow, but Omar Vizquel got ejected from last night’s game … and he wasn’t even playing.

During a Drew Hutchison-Mike Napoli matchup in the fifth inning Vizquel disagreed with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook’s call of a ball and started yelling at him from the dugout.

Holbrook stepped back from the plate, pointed at the dugout, and then moments later gave Vizquel a dramatic heave-ho.

Manager John Farrell emerged from the dugout and could be seen asking “you threw me out?!” He talked to Holbrook for a minute, learned that it was Vizquel who got the boot, and then returned to the dugout to inform the veteran shortstop that he had to leave.

And then Vizquel–calmly and without incident–got up, grabbed his glove and hat and shoes, and headed into the clubhouse. Adding to the weirdness is that it was the first ejection for the Blue Jays all season.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 2, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Did it look like Omar was right? I didn’t see the play. I respect him enough to believe he saw something, given his experience.

  2. lew24 - May 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    I never understood how someone could argue balls and strikes from a dugout. Not the best angle!

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