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Bobby Valentine sticks up for Adrian Gonzalez, both get tossed

Aug 15, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

Adrian Gonzalez, Bobby Valentine

Does a double ejection count as a bonding experience?

After Adrian Gonzalez was tossed for arguing a pitch in the eighth inning Wednesday against Baltimore, Bobby Valentine took up the complaint on his behalf and was also ejected. The Red Sox went on to lose the game 5-3.

It was just the second career ejection for the usually mild-mannered Gonzalez. At least, mild-mannered on the field. Gonzalez was reportedly the ringleader in calling the meeting that asked for Valentine’s ouster as Red Sox manager, though that’s a claim he denied Wednesday.

Gonzalez’s complaint was that he was quick-pitched by Orioles reliever Pedro Strop on his groundout, a fact that Strop acknowledged after the game. “I haven’t got told that it’s illegal,” he told MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli after the game. “So, if it’s been working, I’m going to keep doing it.”

Gonzalez said the pitch should have been ruled a ball, WEEI reports.

“My problem with that is that they all interpret their own way,” Gonzalez said. “Frankie [Morales] does it earlier in the year and they call it a ball. When I talked to the umpire that day they said the hitter wasn’t ready to hit. That’s what we base it on. I wasn’t ready to hit. That’s what I went back to tell [home plate umpire Mike Everitt].”

Valentine agreed, arguing the quick pitch is “dangerous.”

Perhaps it’s a case of too little, too late, but Valentine backing up one of his best players certainly can’t hurt his cause. Too bad it came in yet another loss.

  1. rockthered1286 - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Not fair you guys… I wasn’t ready!!

    It’s the no huddle of the MLB.

  2. ravensallday2012 - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Machadooooo!!!!!

  3. dawglb - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    It’s like telling your wife, “you look nice, Honey.” at the divorce hearing. Too little, to late.

    • hittfamily - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM

      More like telling your doc at the malpractice hearing “You never told me smoking was bad”

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    In the box be ready to hit. I bet Bobby wouldn’t have argued as much if it was the 2nd inning instead of the 8th. Wouldn’t want to sit in the clubhouse for 2 more hours with a guy you know hates you if ya dont have to.

    • hittfamily - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      Joel Peralta does it all the time for the Rays. It is “an attempt to decieve” and should be ruled a balk. With no runners on, a balk is ruled a ball, and Gonzalez was correct in his anger.

      • randomdigits - Aug 16, 2012 at 6:58 AM

        Gonzalez was set in the batters box, in his stance and looking directly at the pitcher. How was he not ready to hit?

      • natslady - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:34 AM

        By the rulebook, unlike pine-tar, what Peralta does with his motion is legal. Might be “an attempt to deceive”–but so is King Felix’s change-up. It’s not like there’s no such thing as video or you’ve never seen the guy; he pitches in your own division. Be ready and stop whining. Oh, wait, it’s the Red Sox.

      • paperlions - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:34 AM

        If the ump points at the pitcher, the pitcher can pitch at any time, he is not obligated to wait until the hitter is settled….it isn’t the pitchers fault a hitter has a 17 point protocol for being “ready to hit”. Not only did he seem ready, he sung at the pitch and made contact.

        Here’s an idea, stop taking a stroll after every pitch, if you never leave the box, you’ll always be ready.

      • bbil2012 - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

        And Joe Maddon is okay with that.Until Strop does it to the Rays.

    • skids003 - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      Gonzalez may try to appear to be mild mannered, but he’s a snake in the grass. Real stand up guy. LOL

  5. randygnyc - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Ridiculous Kabuki.

  6. pisano - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    This entire ship of fools deserve each other, the laughing stock of MLB.

  7. Glenn - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Bobby V tried the mutual ejection bonding experience with Pedroia a while back but the umpire wouldn’t toss him. He openly said that he was trying to get tossed after the game – kind of ruins the effect. It all seems so contrived. I don’t know how to feel about Valentine at this point. He’s too smart to come off as so transparent.

  8. DJ MC - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    The thing is, it was a legal pitch. Since there wasn’t a runner on base, a pitcher is allowed to pitch without a pause, even from the stretch.

    • natslady - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:24 AM

      Correct, it was legal. Here is the analysis:

      http://www.closecallsports.com/2012/08/ejections-120-121-mike-everitt-3-4.html

  9. mydadyourmom - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    This scene looked so awkward. Bobby is out of his element.

  10. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Bobby V needs a new routine after he gets tossed. He just wonders the area between the ump and the dugout with his hands on his hips surveying the field looking befuddled….

    • Glenn - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      He looks like an over-matched substitute teacher at times.

  11. henryd3rd - Aug 16, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    This ship she be a sinking. And next up for the Red Sox the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium. Have a great weekend! Is Francona doing the ESPN game on Sunday night? Sweet Justice!

  12. hitem396 - Aug 16, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    all began from ‘chicken n beer’ yum yum

  13. joeflaccosunibrow - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    After being ejected, did Valentine return to the dugout with a disguise?

  14. ermur22 - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Wow the Red Sox suck

  15. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Maybe it’s just me, but watching the ejection and arguments as they happened, I got the sense that Bobby didn’t really care and was only going out to argue because he kind of had to. He was cracking a smile the entire time and looked like a kid that was getting dragged to church by his parents.

  16. ezwriter69 - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    How about you GET YOUR FAT BACKSIDE IN THE BOX AND HIT! That’s why your games take three and a half hours every bleeping night! Zero sympathy for you, you fat lying toad.
    Red Sox have gone in five years from on top of the world to the joke of all professional sports, and Bobby V is Bozo in the center of the ring.

  17. foreverchipper10 - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I’m not sure if I can handle any more Red Sox drama. My head may explode.

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