Ump Tells Adrian Beltre To Get In The On Deck Circle, He Moves The Circle To Him, Gets Ejected
During the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s Marlins vs. Rangers game umpire Gerry Davis asked Texas slugger Adrian Beltre to move into the on-deck circle while he waited for his at-bat. This was reportedly at the request of Marlins pitcher Drew Steckenrider, for some reason. Mind you, the Marlins were UP BY 12 RUNS in a game that ended with Miami winning 22 to 10.
Beltre, who like pretty much EVERY OTHER Major Leaguer, was standing near, but not on the on-deck circle, didn’t want to move so he did the next logical thing and moved the on-deck circle to himself. While hilarious, it didn’t go over too well and Beltre ended up getting ejected from the lopsided affair.
Here’s a look at how far Beltre dragged the circle…
After the game, Beltre tried to explain his actions…
“I don’t really know,” he said. “The home-plate umpire told me Gerry wanted me to move. I said, ‘Why? I don’t want to get hit. I stand here every day, I’ve been standing here for a lot of years and I’ve been standing here when he was umpiring home plate and he didn’t say nothing. Everybody stands in the same spot. Why do I have to move? I don’t want to get hit.’
“Then the second umpire came down and he told me I need to move. I told Gerry – I have no problem but I don’t want to get hit. I’ve been hit when I stand over there. He said, ‘Well I don’t’ care. You need to be on top of the mat.’ So I pulled the mat where I was at and he threw me out.
“If you see the video, you see everybody standing in the same spot. Why was that a problem today? I’ve been standing in the same spot the whole series.”
Beltre continued: “Why he pick me up? Why’d he need to throw me out? I was not trying to be funny. He told me to stand on the mat, so I pulled the mat where I was. And I stood on. I actually did what he told me.”