Brewers Manager Craig Counsell Got the Boot, Then Got Into the Best Umpire Screaming Match I've Seen in a While

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Brewers Manager Craig Counsell Got the Boot, Then Got Into the Best Umpire Screaming Match I’ve Seen in a While

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I can’t remember the last time I saw one of those managerial arguments where the brim of the manager’s cap was poking the ump’s face, the veins were popping, the necks were cocking side to side, and you weren’t entirely sure that neither one of them wasn’t going to haul off and sock the other one.

Thanks to some questionable calls on Jake Arrieta pitches yesterday, though, we got one courtesy of Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

Ryan Braun had been ejected earlier in the game for arguing a called strike, and after it happened to Lorenzo Cain, Counsell was all done.

This is a good one:

THAT was an awesome argument. And Counsell was right that the pitches were out of the zone, too. He was probably frustrated by Arrieta taking advantage of the large zone to hold his guys down all day, and was protecting his players. All good stuff. But the extent of his explosive anger in the argument … like I said, I haven’t seen that in a while. And it was a beaut.

The umpire, Mike Estabrook, kept his cool for as long as a person could in that situation, but eventually he couldn’t take it anymore.


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