Spewing salty sunflower seeds, the Detroit Tigers Skipper finally showed the spirit that the fans have been hoping to see.
After a horrible strike-three call against Nick Castellanos, Brad Ausmus took matters right to the source. And he delivered his message with unforgettable style. He not only got in the face of the umpire, but he took off his hoodie, laid it on home plate, and threw his hat. The moment was captured by many amateur photographers who bought surprisingly affordable seats to the Monday night game.
The Detroit Tigers manager has often been criticized for being overly relaxed in anxious situations. But, tonight against the Minnesota Twins, he showed the world that he can get just as loud and vicious as Jim Leyland, Bobby Cox, and Tony La Russa.
While defending his favorite third baseman, Ausmus proved that he still believes in his team and that he supports their abilities. The umpire, Doug Eddings, has frustrated the Tigers in previous outings. Ian Kinsler famously told this ump to “Do your ****ing job” from the dugout.
For any baseball player, an inconsistent umpire is one incredibly frustrating part of any game. Instead of losing a valuable player and disappointing the fans, it was wise for Ausmus to get ejected.
Maybe Ausmus was on to something, after the eight-run first inning, the Tigers gave up eight runs to the Twins.
The Tigers were not the only team that had bad calls from Eddings. His strike-three call to Brian Dozier in the top of the seventh inning was quite wrong. Dozier complained to Eddings and he, too, was supported by his manager, Paul Molitor. Neither Dozier nor Molitor was ejected.
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Is this a turning point for the team? Will it be the spark that will make them perform? Hopefully. The Tigers did seem to have a little extra energy – even with the numerous errors in the field.
It is clear that Ausmus has been the subject of serious chirping from the fans who have wanted to see him fired since his first year and the quick ending of the postseason games against the Orioles. By getting ejected, he gets a night off from the blame game that is coming at him from all angles. Instead, Gene Lamont will get to man the dugout and possibly get the jeers from the fans if the Tigers lose to the bottom-dwelling Twins.
There are moments in life when it feels so good to explode. I’m going to guess that Ausmus enjoyed blowing off some steam to a sub-par umpire. Instead of watching the game from the close confines of the dugout, he gets to watch it from the comfort of the weight room, where no one will be booing him or calling for him to get let go.
Ausmus finally earned some long-awaited respect from the fans. There is nothing wrong seeing a manager with a little extra fire in his belly.