Peter Gammons: Fans Pay to See Players Play, Not ‘Minor League Umpires Chirp’


Peter Gammons: Fans Pay to See Players Play, Not 'Minor League Umpires Chirp'
Adrian Beltre
picked up his second-career major league ejection Wednesday and according to Beltre, he wasn’t even talking to the umpire.

Beltre was ejected before the third inning began, moments after he was rung up on a third strike by rookie umpire Dan Bellino.

In between innings, Bellino ejected Beltre for apparently arguing balls and strikes from his third base position before manager Terry Francona was ejected as well defending his player.

Beltre says he was talking trash — to Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez.

“I was talking BS to Felix,” Beltre said after the game. “He told me he was going to strike me out three times, I said I would take him deep.”

According to Beltre, Bellino thought that Beltre was talking to him, so he promptly ejected the All-Star.

“I turned around and said I’m talking to [Hernandez], and he threw me out for that,” Beltre said. “I have no idea why he’d throw me out. How does he take the initiative to throw me out in a game like that in the second inning?”

NESN’s Tom Caron and Hall of Famer Peter Gammons talked about it on W.B. Mason’s Red Sox Extra Innings and Gammons had some pretty strong things to say about it. 

“When you pay $125 a seat, you want to see players play and not to see minor league umpires chirp.”

To hear more from Beltre and get more analysis from Tom Caron and Peter Gammons, be sure to watch the video below.

Peter Gammons: Fans Pay to See Players Play, Not 'Minor League Umpires Chirp'Peter Gammons: Fans Pay to See Players Play, Not 'Minor League Umpires Chirp'

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