Terry Francona Tried Throwing Umpire Out During Wild Tirade

A base-running error led to an epic ejection

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Terry Francona was ejected during Friday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals, and the Cleveland manager wanted to take the umpire with him.

Check out Francona’s absolutely electric reaction to a crazy double play call in the bottom of the eighth inning:

The play in question centered around a base-running blunder. Daniel Johnson started moving from third base to home on a ground ball, but decided to turn around and head back to the bag. When he got there, he met Cesar Hernandez, who had traveled from second.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez tagged both players — Hernandez was an active runner, since two players can’t occupy the same base, then Johnson stepped off the base when he was tagged. By the rules, at least as explained by Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com, third base umpire James Hoye made the right move.

But Francona wasn’t having it. He doubled down on his stance after the game:

Even without Francona, who was much more jovial during his pregame presser when he shared a story about Daisuke Matsuzaka, Cleveland overcame the episode to come away with a 2-1 win.

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