- Pitcher Yimi Garcia was ejected from action between the Yankees and Blue Jays
- Fans are critical of the call, which seemed to be swayed from the reaction of the home team
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The matchup between the Yankees and Blue Jays was an instant AL East classic.
The game ended with a three-run walk off home run from New York’s Aaron Judge, sending the Yankees home with a 6-5 victory. The win bolstered their lead in the division race as they improved to an MLB best 21-8 on the year.
The contest had fireworks, drama, and a few ejections. Everything you’d want in the perfect baseball game. Unfortunately, those ejections are now being called into question by Toronto fans.
It’s never fun when MLB umpires unnecessarily make themselves a part of the game, but it happened on Tuesday.
In the sixth inning of action, with the game tied 3-3, Blue Jays pitcher Yimi Garcia plunked Josh Donaldson. At first look, it appeared to be a pitch that just got away from Garcia. I mean, you typically don’t want to purposely put runners on base late in a tie game. Especially considering the Yankees already had a runner on first base.
But after an eruption from both the Yankees dugout and the home crowd, umpires gathered for a conference call.
Garcia was then tossed, which caused the pitching coach to storm onto the field. He was quickly ejected, too.
Take a look.
Aaron Judge was ready to pounce after Donaldson got hit and the Blue Jays pitcher and pitching coach get ejected pic.twitter.com/IXKHBAG6T0
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) May 11, 2022
This wouldn’t be the end of the drama. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo was tossed an inning later after a Yankees pitcher went up and in on Bo Bichette. Montoyo was wondering why there was no conference call following that pitch.
Blue Jays wonder why Loaisiga wasn't ejected after their pitcher was and manager Charlie Montoyo gets ejected pic.twitter.com/jkKsIqt6PT
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) May 11, 2022
Blue Jays fans were not happy, and the fact that they wound up losing in dramatic fashion probably didn’t help. Take a look at the social media reaction below.
MLB umpires ripped for allowing the Yankees to coax them into an ejection
Baseball is so ridiculous right now….
First in a tie game in the 6th Yankees players/fans convinced this plunk was intentional.
Then umpires holding a conference to even debate throwing a pitcher out might be more proof they don’t know what they are doing https://t.co/RebSSXWp1U
— Anthony Palombo (@H2Palombo) May 11, 2022
I see the umpires really botched it in the Blue Jays Yankees game
— Marc Luino (@GiraffeNeckMarc) May 11, 2022
The umpires tonight at Yankee Stadium were an absolute disgrace. That’s amateur, bush league stuff from that crew. #NextLevel
— Michael Leach (@LeachCityNewsTO) May 11, 2022
Umpires were persuaded by Yankee players to get Garcia thrown out. pic.twitter.com/9LX3ceV1AA
— Kramer Sansone (@KramerTalks) May 11, 2022
Yankees players reactions made this seem like they thought it was intentional. Wonder if that factored into the umpires decision. The pitch didn't look good, but on a 0-1 count with 1 out in a tie game in the 6th, it would be a weird time to intentionally throw at someone https://t.co/aM3Vok1U5G
— Brandon Wile (@Brandon_N_Wile) May 11, 2022
It certainly seems that the reaction is what persuaded the umpires to eject Toronto players and coaches, especially given the situation of the game. And then, for the Blue Jays’ manager to be tossed after doing exactly what the Yankees dugout did one inning prior made it look even worse.
The machines could be coming sooner than we think.