Schwarber: 'I didn't think an ejection there was necessary at all.'
|2018-05-20 17:12:57.0- -||
CINCINNATI — "Obviously, there were runners in scoring position, and I wasn't too happy with the call."
Those are the words of Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber, who spoke to the media after the Cubs' 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds and discussed his seventh-inning ejection.
Schwarber got ejected over his reaction to a called strike three to end the inning that left two runners stranded. He had already gotten the short end of the stick on several close strike calls earlier in the game, so Schwarber expressed his displeasure after getting rung up, which did not sit well with the home-plate umpire.
Describing the scenario following the game, Schwarber said, "I flipped my bat and said, 'It was high.' And I probably threw a choice word in there, but I didn't want to show (the home-plate umpire) up."
Tossing his bat aside and muttering complaints to himself, Schwarber was rather abruptly thrown out by the home-plate umpire, causing Schwarber to lose his cool.
Chicago's Javier Baez had to hold Schwarber back to prevent him from getting in the umpire's face, as the Cubs outfielder was infuriated with the umpire's quick trigger finger on the ejection.
"I wasn't looking at him," Schwarber recalled, referencing the umpire. "Then, he just threw me out, and that's when I kind of lost it. Because I didn't think an ejection there was necessary at all."
Having already hit a two-run home run and a wily bunt single, Schwarber was having a good game upon being thrown out, bringing a premature end to an otherwise successful day.
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