Thin-skinned umpires are everywhere these days. In the minors, they’re ejecting DJ’s and PA announcers for playing “Three Blind Mice” in response to a questionable call. And in the majors, they’re ejecting players for cheering for their teammates as Matt Kemp found out last night.
To be fair, umpire Angel Campos had to listen to Kemp jaw from the dugout about his calls during Andre Ethier’s at bat in the second inning. Apparently fed up with the jawing, Campos told Kemp, “That’s enough. I don’t want to hear another word.”
So what does Kemp do? He refrains from jawing at Campos and instead cheers on Ethier by shouting, “Let’s go Dre!” And from there Campos ejects Kemp, which then leads to manager Don Mattingly getting the boot as well.
“Matt got thrown out today for cheering for Andre [Ethier],” Mattingly said. “He was barking about the pitch to Dre, the second strike, but then Angel said, ‘That’s enough. I don’t want to hear another word.’ So the next thing that came out of [Matt’s mouth] — I heard it, clear as a bell — he said — because Matt knows where to stop — and Matt said, ‘Let’s go, Dre!’ And [Campos] looked over, and he threw him out of the game. It’s unacceptable.”
Mattingly and Kemp stormed out of the dugout following the center fielder’s ejection. Mattingly initially restrained Kemp before Shane Victorino and bench coach Trey Hillman stepped in. That let Mattingly argue with the umpires for several minutes before he was kicked out, as well.