WATCH: Maddon goes berserk, gets ejected after controversial out call
Cubs manager Joe Maddon was not pleased with a runner's interference call. (Photo Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)
CHICAGO — In the midst of a productive seventh inning for the Chicago Cubs in a game against the Washington Nationals, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was ejected for losing his cool after an out call that worked against the Cubs.
After laying down a wily bunt, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was hit in the back on a throw to first base, which enabled him, as well lead runner Kyle Schwarber, to advance. However, an umpire ruled Contreras out and sent Schwarber back to first base.
Clearly out of the baseline on his run to first base, Contreras was called out on an interference call, but Maddon did not agree with the decision. Visibly demonstrating on the basepath why he deemed Contreras to have been in a legal position, Maddon threw a tantrum that resulted in his ejection.
After the game, Maddon explained the rationale behind his outburst to reporters, saying, "I know what the rule is, but there has to be some interpretation of the rule where, in a situation like that, the defense gets rewarded and the offense gets penalized. That's my problem with that whole thing."