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Rays manager Joe Maddon typically employs a more caring approach to his rendezvous with umpires. After Maddon disputed a call in 2007, Barrett told him that one more word would trigger his ejection, so the skipper simply replied, "I love you." Sticking to his guns, Barrett tossed him.
"I ejected him and then realized, 'What do I put in my report, that I ejected him because he told me he loved me?' That just stumped me," Barrett said. "I had never had a manager tell me he loved me before."
Pretending to argue so you get thrown out happens all the time in the movies, it's kind of surprising that it might actually be a real thing.
Not that I think any of this matters, but why should the umpire "help" the manager by participating in the farce? If LaSorda isn't pissed but is trying to fire up his team or the crowd, if anything the umpire (as independent arbiter) should try to foil this bit of gamesmanship.
the umpire (as independent arbiter) should try to foil this bit of gamesmanship.
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