Thin-skinned umpires are everywhere these days. In the minors, they’re ejecting DJ’s and PA announcers for playing “Three Blind Mice” in response to a questionable call. And in the majors, they’re ejecting players for cheering for their teammates as Matt Kemp found out last night.
To be fair, umpire Angel Campos had to listen to Kemp jaw from the dugout about his calls during Andre Ethier’s at bat in the second inning. Apparently fed up with the jawing, Campos told Kemp, “That’s enough. I don’t want to hear another word.”
So what does Kemp do? He refrains from jawing at Campos and instead cheers on Ethier by shouting, “Let’s go Dre!” And from there Campos ejects Kemp which also leads to manager Don Mattingly getting the boot.
“Matt got thrown out today for cheering for Andre [Ethier],” Mattingly said. “He was barking about the pitch to Dre, the second strike, but then Angel said, ‘That’s enough. I don’t want to hear another word.’ So the next thing that came out of [