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Bobby Valentine’s first ejection as Red Sox manager is an instant classic

May 19, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

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Bobby Valentine was ejected for the 38th time in his managerial career last night and for the first time as Red Sox skipper. And it was super awkward.

Valentine came out to argue after Marlon Byrd hit a grounder up the middle and Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins threw him out in a close play at first for the second out in the top of the ninth inning. Bobby V tried to state his case to first base umpire Gary Darling that Ty Wigginton came off the first base bag before catching the throw from Rollins. After Valentine made multiple hops into the air to emphasize his point, this happened. A true gift from the GIF gods.

Yes, Darling’s gum fell out of his mouth and hit Valentine in the chest. You can watch the full video of the ejection here. Bobby V deserves a lot of credit for keeping his composure long enough to wish a pox upon Darling’s house while walking back to the dugout.

  1. Old Gator - May 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    What did he eject, a fur pellet?

  2. chill1184 - May 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Eh, the best managerial ejections come from the minor leagues. Now those are epic this like one

  3. deadeyedesign23 - May 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Had Valentin’es gum hit Darling he would have been suspended for 5 games.

    • Old Gator - May 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Six, if his teeth were still embedded in it.

      • deadeyedesign23 - May 19, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        Only 6? That would go in the books as “Bobby Valentine bites umpire” and he’d be on the first flight back to Japan.

  4. rollinghighwayblues - May 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    No. The classic part of this game was Nick Punto representing the tying run at the plate with two outs in the top of the 9th. I am still in disbelief that this was allowed to happen.

    • evanwins - May 19, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      The classic part of YOUR comment is that Boston only had one other p[layer on the bench at that point. I am currently in disbelief at how you could make such a stupid comment without knowing the situation.

      • Jack Marshall - May 19, 2012 at 11:54 PM

        Exactly. Punto came in a double switch, and if he had been pinch-hit for in the 9th, the Sox would have had literally nobody to play shortstop in extra innings. And, of course, if Punto had gotten on, nobody would say a thing.

  5. patsandsox - May 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    How many games would Valentine have got if it had been his gum hitting the umpire?

  6. bigleagues - May 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    In case I haven’t stated it recently . . . I LOVE BOBBY V!


  7. southpaw2k - May 19, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    I sure hope this incident doesn’t get labeled something stupid like Gumgate.

  8. randygnyc - May 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    I see no difference here in the Molina spittle case. Umps gonna miss some time. No doubt about it.

  9. odj810 - May 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    I feel bad for bobby V. Theres not much you can do with whiny babies when ownership and the GM have grabbed a hold of ur balls and don’t let you be yourself. Let the guy manage and if he falls on his face let him go.

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