Apparently, cheering on your teammate from the dugout while he’s batting at the plate is cause to be ejected. That’s what happened to L.A. Dodgers outfielder MATT KEMP Thursday when home plate umpire Angel Campos threw him out of the game for rooting on his teammate…
According to Kemp, he yelled “Let’s go, Dre” toward teammate Andre Ethier, who was batting in the second inning. Campos, who earlier was showered with strike zone complaints from the Dodgers, told the team he didn’t want to hear another word. When Kemp then cheered on Ethier again, Campos ejected him.
Kemp obviously was hot as he charged out of the dugout to confront Campos. Dodger manager Don Mattingly, who was also ejected, was equally upset and told the L.A. Times that the league should get involved.
“The league should look at it,” Mattingly said. “We’re in a pennant race. I’ve got a guy who was second in the MVP last year. You can’t get thrown out for cheering for your teammate. That’s unacceptable.”
Seems like the umpire’s ego got in the way of a baseball game to me. Which is definitely unacceptable. The Dodgers lost to the Pirates, 10-6, btw.