I’m not really sure what I just witnessed tonight, but if you stick around I’ll do my best to explain.
The Phillies began this evening’s game playing in front of the largest crowd at CBP this season (thanks to Chooch bobblehead night) as Cole Hamels took the mound going up against Bud Norris. Per the usual Cole Hamels start, the Phillies decided to refrain from scoring while he was in the game and needed a 2-out, ninth inning desperation home run from Jimmy Rollins to send it into extras.
Fast-forward to the bottom of the fourteenth, game still tied 2-2, when Ryan Howard came up with runners at first and second and the game on the line. On an 0-1 pitch, Ryan Howard tried to check his swing on a pitch down and away, but third base umpire Scott Barry correctly called it a strike. Obviously mad at himself, Howard put his hands on his hips as if to say, “why the hell did I just swing at that?” and this Scott Barry prick puts his hands on his hips blatantly mocking Howard.
Four pitches later, after Polanco and Utley moved up to 2nd & 3rd on a wild pitch, Howard once again attempted to check his swing on a similar pitch and this minor league fill-in that substitutes as a the 3rd base ump called Howard out on strikes. This time, though, Howard threw his helmet and bat in disgust, and the man everyone came to the stadium to see, Scott Barry, (did I mention he’s not even a real MLB ump?) tossed the big man from the game.
Needless to say, Ryan Howard wasn’t too happy. Observe:
Here’s video. Scott Barry, ladies and gentlemen:
Now here’s where things get entertaining. Because Ryan Howard was tossed and Charlie Manuel didn’t have any available bench players left, the only option was to use a pitcher in the field. So they decided to trot ROY FREAKING OSWALT OUT TO LEFT FIELD, and move Raul Ibanez to first base for the first time since 2005.
Of course, the first batter of the inning flew out to left field where Roy Oswalt looked more comfortable than Alfonso Soriano. The video:
And yeah, I know the Phillies wound up losing in 16 innings and all, but it’s gonna be a while before anyone forgets this game. Oh, and fuck Scott Barry.
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