In Sunday's game, homeplate umpire Ed Rapuano ejected the Phil's Shane Victorino for aruing balls and strikes. Victorio was in centerfield and apparently gestured with his arms because he didn't like a call on a pitch. The home plate ump saw him and got mad. This deserves a "WTF?"
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."
Maybe so, but he's still 250-300 feet away from you. Unless he's grabbing his crotch and pointing at you, or jumping up and down with both middle fingers extended, how can you justify throwing him out of the game? This is dumb.