Syndergaard Gets Tossed as Utley Has Last Laugh as Mets Killer
Noah Syndergaard left last night's game early, but relax Mets fans, is wasn't due to the ace being injured. Instead, in the third inning, Noah threw a pitch behind Dodgers second baseman, Chase Utley, that resulted in his immediate ejection from the game. As if this wasn't enough, Utley continued the night going 2-5 with a solo HR and a grand slam to beat the Mets.
Just an absolutely absurd call by home plate umpire, Adam Hamari. It's no secret that Mets fans and players everywhere hate Chase Utley with a burning passion. He has tormented the mets with guys like Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins since their days with the division rival Phillies. Utley is second among active players with 38 career HRs against the Mets. He only trails Ryan Howard for the top spot. Even when traded out of the division he still haunts the Mets. Utley was responsible for breaking Ruben Tejada's leg last year during the playoffs while attempting to break up a double play. A rule has since been instated in order to prevent dickheads like him from injuring other players. Thor was clearly sending a message to Utley with the pitch, there's no argument there. However, TOSSING SYNDERGAARD IN THE THIRD INNING WHEN HE DIDN'T EVEN HIT THE BATTER IS SO SOFT. Hey Adam Hamari, hang'em up bud. Do whatever it is that umpires do when they retire. I'm imagining they polish off their sunglasses and get the uniform dry cleaned. Maybe toss it in a glass case like Iron Man does and shed a few tears while military taps plays in the background.
I don't know man, are umpires even human? Whatever, that's not the point. The point is that Hamari was looking to do that from the get go. As soon as the ball passed Utley, Hamari was already slinging his mask off and throwing out Syndergaard (the most half-assed ejection motion I've ever seen btw). Joe Buck was commentating for Fox Sports covering the game and legitimately had to ask himself on air, "Did they just kick him out?". I understand that there's bad blood between Utley and the Mets to say the least. MLB also isn't looking to have benches clear every week like they did in Toronto when Bautista ate a right hook to the jaw. But if you're home plate umpire, Adam Hamari, you can't throw out Syndergaard here. It's the THIRD inning, and Noah had yet to be issued a warning. He didn't even hit Utley with the pitch, and honestly if he did I still would have expected a warning, not an ejection. This ejection is sooooo SOFT. Now, I'm not saying that pitchers should be issued warnings when they intentionally throw at players heads or something. But the pitch was aimed at the lower half of the body. It would have gotten Utley on his ass or thigh, a perfect spot to absorb a hit (unless you're Utley because all villains skip leg day) and still send a message. We need to focus on making baseball great again, not caging up its old school grit. Hamari definitely controlled the situation considering it could have gotten hostile if Utley was drilled and then LA retaliated. However, it was unnecessary to toss Thor on this pitch without a warning considering it was down away from the head and missed Utley. With a warning issued, Hamari might have seen a retaliation later in the game, but would still have the leverage to then eject a player or coach. This move was rushed and confusing.