Now this is a great new baseball ejection routine

Alan Greenwood

There is one overriding reason why baseball umpires should never be replaced by software, hardware or any other sort of digital ware:

Ejections. Or, more specifically, the actions that lead to or punctuate white-hot confrontations between managers, coaches or players with umpires.

A ground breaking tantrum happened Monday night, in a game between the Fargo-Moorehead RedHawks and the Chicago Dogs (managed by old friend Butch Hobson) of the independent American Association. RedHawks outfielder Brennan Metzger, ejected for arguing balls and strikes, stalked into the dugout, grabbed a garbage barrel, stalked back onto the field and plopped it behind the plate.

“That’s pretty garbage for him to throw me out. So as I was walking back, I was like, ‘Yup. I’m gonna go get the garbage can.’ The rest just kind of happened,” Metzger explained later.

During his return trip into the dugout, Metzger pointed to the trash can and yelled, “Go to your home,” at the umpire, who was still arguing with Metzger’s manager.

It may have happened before somewhere, at some time. As a longtime ejection aficionado it is rare for these brown eyes to see anything new. And this was new to me. It deserves high marks for sheer creativity.

Hobson was ejected that night over a play at third and reprised an old favorite, stealing the third-base bag and giving it to a young fan.

One man’s top-3 big-league heave-hoes:

Carl Yastrzemski, after a called third strike, crouched in front of the plate and meticulously covering it in dirt. Yastrzemski then slammed his helmet on the plate before leaving to a standing


It has been repeated countless times since but was the first time I saw it.

Gene Mauch, then manager of the Minnesota Twins, was ejected at Fenway and emptied the bat rack after getting the thumb.

Available on YouTube (but not safe for work or anyplace else without wearing headphones), Baltimore manager Earl Weaver charged out for a rumble with his long-time antagonist Bill Haller, who was wired for sound, for reasons unknown. The high-octane exchange was priceless.

Since unemployment is not an option for this scribe, you’ll have to hear Haller and Weaver for yourself to truly appreciate the moment.

TIME TRAVEL: Aug. 8, 1948 – Nashua’s Dick Leonard won the State Junior Golf championship, extending what was headlines as the Leonard family’s three-year hold on the title.

“Billy Leonard, the latest of the family to take up golf seriously, will probably be a factor in next year’s tourney. Dick won in 1936 and 1938 and brother Tom was the champion in 1937.”

The Leonards continued to have an impact on the state’s amateur golf world for a few decades to come.

FROM A TRUE GOAT: Jim Brown, not exactly a conformist on or off the football field, might have surprised a few of his critics when asked about the NFL’s policy to ban players from kneeling in protest during the Star Spangled Banner.

“I am not going to denigrate my flag and I’m going to stand for the national anthem,” said one of America’s strongest social activists. “I’m fighting with all of my strength to make it a better country, but I don’t think that’s the issue. Because what is the top side? Are you not going to stand up? This is our country, man.”

That stance might stun anyone who slammed Brown with gusto during the civil rights revolution of the 1960s.

Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-1248, agreenwood or @Telegraph_ AlanG.