Shane Victorino #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of the major league baseball game at Chase Field on July 28, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Getty Images)more pics »
In one of the more mystifying ejections we've seen in baseball, the Phillies' Shane Victorino
was given the boot after arguing about a called ball all the way from center field.
It was part of a disatrous outing for the Phillies, which saw them dropping the game 12-3 against the Florida Marlins.From an article at MLB.com: In an odd moment of an odd game Sunday, the Phillies' Shane Victorino was ejected from his center-field position in the top of the seventh inning by home-plate umpire Ed Rapuano.
Rapuano said that after he called a ball on Rodrigo Lopez's 0-2 offering to Marlins third baseman Wes Helms, he saw Victorino waving his arms in disapproval. The umpire then stepped toward the outfield and gestured as a warning.
Then he saw Victorino wave his arms a second time. So without hesitation, Rapuano pointed again at Victorino and this time delivered the ejection signal.
"I gave him the chance to not do it again," said Rapuano, who has 18 1/2 years of Major League service time. "He's right in the line of sight and he's out in front of everybody, waving his arms in disgust of a pitch that I called. It is very simple."
Victorino recalled only gesturing once.
"I've got to hold myself accountable," Victorino said following the Phillies' 12-3 loss. "It's not something that you should be doing, but I've done it 1,000 times this year. It's not the first time -- and I'm not trying to show anybody up. Just things got built up from the half-inning before that, and it's just one of those things I let my emotions get the best of me."