Last night, JP Howell was ejected in the eighth inning after giving up a 3-run home run. This came after several questionable borderline pitches that did not go Howell’s way.
After Howell gave up the home run, he almost immediately slammed his glove down in disgust. Technically, that alone was an ejectable offense. The home plate umpire did not see it, and the umpires may have just chalked it up to the “heat of the moment,” and “no harm, no foul.”
But then, when the umpire throws Howell a replacement ball, he first smacks the ball to the ground. He then picked up the ball and tossed it aside.
Did Howell have a right to be upset? Absolutely. Did Howell deserve to be ejected? A thousand times yes.
We have seen hundreds of pitchers get squeezed. But we have never seen a pitcher act like that after it happened. But, hey, we were willing to chalk it up to emotions..
But then Howell opened his mouth after the game. You can see the entire clip below. Here are a few of the more idiotic comments…
On the ball that Howell tossed aside:
Yeah, it wasn’t good enough. The ball he gave me wasn’t good enough. I wanted a new ball. He took it personal.
If you watch the clip below, you will see that this isn’t one of those Joe Maddon tongue-in-cheek comments. It appears that he is actually trying to pass this BS off to the press.
On deserving a better strikezone:
The pitches I made. You make those pitches. You make a lot of money [making those pitches]. You should deserve that call.
Hey JP, the batters make a lot of money also. And while the pitches did look like strikes, it wasn’t like they were down the middle of the plate. They were borderline. Tonight you didn’t get the calls. Another night you will.
In the meantime, grow up.