We have no idea what this is about, but surely it's an embarrassment for Major League Baseball, which will once again have to answer for one of their umpires going rogue. Umpire Laz Diaz made a scene at SunTrust Park, screaming at Dave Martinez while pointing at Bryce Harper in center field. For now, we have no idea what the problem was, but it looks utterly ridiculous.
Home plate umpire Laz Diaz, totally normally, screamed at Dave Martinez to stop Bryce Harper from doing *something* in center field. Harper's silent responses of grabbing his cup and a subtle head shake is why he's a perennial All-Star. pic.twitter.com/SE7EEEhAqD— Roger Cormier (@yayroger) September 15, 2018
You know what baseball needs more of? Umpires slowing down the game with selfless tirades.
Martinez and Harper handle this about as well as they can. The skipper tries to figure out what Diaz's problem is, while Harper simply stares in from center field and shakes his head. We feel you, Bryce.
this is beyond embarrassing for MLB https://t.co/GorrAgSwsg— keithlaw (@keithlaw) September 15, 2018
Nothing like a good ol' fashion ump show.
Unless Harper is literally yelling obscenities at fans in the outfield, there's no justification for being this demonstrative behind the plate, especially when your main job is to make the right calls and be an afterthought.
So much for that.