Washington Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez took the high road after Trea Turner got tossed from from the home opener for vociferously arguing a called third strike with the home plate ump, Doug Eddings.
“He said he’ll take a look at it,” Martinez explained when asked about the conversation he had with the ump after the ejection.
“I’m never going to criticize an umpire,” Martinez continued.
“It is what it is, they’ve got a job to do and for the most part they’re good at their job, they really are. Trea felt differently, so we’ve just got to move on from that.”
It wasn’t as easy for Martinez to move on from Anthony Rendon’s ejection this afternoon.
After the Nationals’ third baseman took a questionable called strike and tossed his bat to the left-hand batter’s box, Foster had enough of the non-verbal complaints apparently, so he tossed Rendon, bringing Martinez to the plate for an actual argument that ended with a second ejection.
Anthony Rendon got ejected for this. pic.twitter.com/8K7TjnuPHP— Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals) April 7, 2018
Martinez had his say, however, kicking some dirt to show the ump how far inside the third strike on Rendon actually was and tossing his hat in disgust.
Martinez earned his first career ejection. He was hot. The normally mild-mannered manager lost it.
Davey Martinez kicking dirt like a boss pic.twitter.com/MISKvGtcJa— Morgan Bagg (@MorganBagg) April 7, 2018
Welcome to @MLB Davey Martinez! Tossed and kicks dirt after going bananas on terrible home plate ump who tossed Anthony Rendon for a fairly minor strikeout protest. @WUSA9sports pic.twitter.com/8gQde4i6TZ— Eric Flack (@EricFlackTV) April 7, 2018
Congrats on another career first, Davey.