Umpire Takes Pitch To The Face
This Is Certainly One Way To Protest A Bad Call
If you've ever played baseball and had the home plate umpire make a bad call, you've probably said to yourself "Man, I just wish the catcher would take a dive so we could nail the ump in the face with a fastball."
I've never seen, or even heard, of anyone actually successfully pulling that off. But as of today, I have.
Walkoff Walk brings us this bizarre video from the Class AAA State Baseball Championship in Georgia. The catcher for Stephens County High School literally took a dive and the ump took a fastball to the kisser. And guess what, the ump wasn't pleased and there's currently an investigation going on.
By the way, if you think this was intentional, it sure as hell was, even though the team says it wasn't.
Why was it intentional? Well here's the background.
The brother of the Stephens County pitcher was called out on strikes for the final out of the previous inning. He was the ninth consecutive Stephens County batter to strike out, and he argued with the home-plate umpire afterward, throwing his batting helmet.
Also, when the pitch was thrown, in the 4th inning, Stephens County was down 9-1.
Yeah, nothing fishy about that at all.
Incoming: Conspiracy To Drill High School Ump In Face? [Walkoff Walk] via [Deadspin]