The New York Yankees ended up winning a marathon game with the Los Angeles Angels in 14 innings on Monday, but it could've been over sooner if closer Aroldis Chapman was getting a better strike zone. Chapman ended up having a few choice words with home plate umpire Mike Everitt, and then the strike zone was squeezed even more. Yet another player-umpire argument.
Chapman yelled at the ump cause he wasnt getting a low call he wanted. Next borderline low pitch the ump calls a ball then imediatly goes hands on hips and stares at Chapman. pic.twitter.com/DBi8njcqaQ— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) April 23, 2019
Chapman went back to the mound and looked to execute better and get Tommy La Stella out, but on an 0-1 pitch, the Yankee southpaw made a perfect pitch with a breaking ball on the inside corner. As you can guess, it was called a ball for whatever reason.
Umpire (irritable, its the 12th and he is hangry) “thats is not a strike, it’s low, that’s low”.— Caleb Lang (@CalebLang22) April 23, 2019
Next pitch, definitely strike. IN the zone AND off-speed should appear even higher than it is.
Chapman says nothing and gets hands on hips and a stare. Get that man a snickers. https://t.co/uyDIfyECQZ
The worst part of that was Everitt put his hands on his hips and stared Chapman down, seemingly waiting for him to argue so he could eject him.
I understand umpires are human beings and nobody likes confrontation, but they need to remember nobody came to watch them umpire.