Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly – one of the few bright spots over the past two weeks – got booted from last night’s game for arguing balls and strikes.
Did I mention Lilly was not pitching last night?
Lilly was apparently too vociferous in his complaint about a Jose Ascanio pitch to pinch-hitter Craig Monroe that appeared to be right over the plate for strike three. Plate umpire Bob Davidson called it a ball, and Lilly began to bark from his dugout seat. Monroe eventually flied out, ending the inning with the bases loaded.
After the inning ended, Davidson ejected Lilly, who came out on the field to confront the umpire and had to be restrained by coaches Ivan DeJesus and Larry Rothschild, and then manager Lou Piniella. Lilly faces a fine, and a possible suspension for his actions. Hardball.
Clearly Milton Bradley has gotten to Ted Lilly.