Quote: Lo Duca on the Upmire, Angel Hernandez

In the second inning of Sunday’s loss to the Braves, Mets C Paul Lo Duca was ejected from the game for spiking the ball and cursing home plate umpire Angel Hernandez

With one out, Braves C Brian McCann dashed from third base towards home as Braves RHP John Smoltz hit a weak grounder in front of home plate.  Lo Duca grabbed the ball and reached towards the passing McCann, who ran by and touched home for a run scored, though repeated instant replays show that McCann was out.  Hernandez called McCann safe, however, and Lo Duca spiked the ball while pointing and screaming at Hernandez…

first off, the spike was hysterical…he jumped to the air and pegged it to the dirt, as though he just scored a touchdown…classic…even funnier, however, was Bobby Cox, who came out to argue a subsequent goof-up regarding the play’s other base runners…cox was also tossed, and then proceeded to waltz around the infield kicking dirt between first and second…what a clown…

Braves C Brian McCann, as quoted in the New York Post

“He barely got me…The umpire was blocked.”…

…so, basically, even mccann thinks he was out

Turns out that Lo Duca was not just irritated about the missed call, which was compounded by a remark made by Hernandez earlier in the game…

Lo Duca, as quoted by a collection of newspapers…

“When the umpire said ‘I’m going to give you a couple of inches off the plate, but I’m not going to give you 4-5 inches because you’re not John Smoltz,’ I’m trying to protect my pitcher…

“A lot of stuff goes on that you guys don’t know about.  Now you understand why I overreacted a little bit.”…

calling bud selig, mister bud selig…i’m thinking it may be time to investigate this joker

If you recall, back in 1998, Mike Piazza reacted similarly to Lo Duca on a play with Hernandez in Atlanta, spiking the ball and yelling, as well…

Mets OF Cliff Floyd, as quoted by David Lennon in Newsday

“A lot of us have had confrontations with Angel Hernandez, and it’s not over.  Hopefully, we can pass him again…

“He’s a great guy.  I just feel like something’s going on.  I’ve been thrown out by him three or four times.  I was thinking nothing but ‘Here we go again.’  I just feel like so many people have a problem with him, it’s a shame.  Everybody talks about this guy…

As Floyd points out, the Mets are not alone in their frustration with Hernandez, as this thread from Spudart.com displays…

thanks to timothy for the link…

…here’s the thing, remember opening day, when lo duca and the rest of us thanked the gods of baseball for calling Alfonso Soriano out on a play when he was clearly safe…we all knew he was out…and we all knew what the gods giveth, the gods taketh away…so, there you go…consider us paid in full…