If you were hoping to get a little post-game clarity on why Anthony Rizzo was surprisingly tossed from yesterday’s game, it kinda sounds like even he isn’t sure.
First, a look at what did it – which apparently included Rizzo commenting in his moment of frustration about a strike called earlier in the at bat:
Rizzo was unhappy about the 3-1 pitch called for a strike (it was a ball, but not absolutely egregious, for what it’s worth):
It’s still not quite clear what exactly Rizzo said that did the trick, and he said after the game that if what he said included a “magic word,” then he’s going to be ejected from about 90 games a year (ESPN).
Jordan Baker has a bit of a history of a quick trigger – he was the ump involved in that crazy John Lackey/Willson Contreras double ejection moment a couple years ago.
Lackey/Contreras Ejection Sequence. pic.twitter.com/UciyjrOVBv
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 15, 2017