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Apr 15, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler runs to first on a leadoff single during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler runs to first on a leadoff single during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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4. Four Tigers ejected by grumpy umpire

August 27, 2016 was one of the strangest days at Comerica Park. On this day, four Tigers were ejected by Mike Everitt. The trouble began with Victor Martinez who was very vocal about Everitt’s strike zone. During his second at-bat, Martinez became so incensed that Everitt ejected him.

Martinez wasted no time telling Everitt what he thought of him and he ended the tirade by throwing his helmet from the dugout to the field. In the fifth inning, Wally Joyner and Brad Ausmus were both ejected after Ian Kinsler was called out on strikes. Then, the most unexpected ejection occurred in the sixth when the mild-mannered J.D. Martinez was thrown out for asking Everitt a question after a called strikeout.

This day marked the first time that J.D. Martinez had ever been ejected. He is such a calming force that he actually held back Victor Martinez during his third-inning ejection. Victor Martinez is also rarely thrown out of games; he has four ejections in his long career.

Sadly, the Tigers lost the game by a score of 3-2 to the Los Angeles Angels. But, the multiple ejections brought the fans against one common enemy: Mike Everitt. At one point, the entire stadium was chanting “You Suck!” to the umpire. It is a rare moment when the umpire’s name is known. Everitt will be one of those umpires that will be difficult to forget.

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