New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner apparently doesn't have as many friends in high places as he thought he did, as even MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre has claimed that his outburst against the Toronto Blue Jays was not justified.
Despite the home plate umpire mistaking Cameron Maybin's arguing of balls and strikes for Gardner's, which subsequently earned Gardner an ejection, Torre declared that Gardner "did enough" to be tossed from the game.
What could he have possibly done to warrant such treatment? He banged his vat on the top of the dugout.
Yes, Gardy might not have expressed his justifiable rage in the most calm or healthy fashion following his ejection, but it's hard to argue that banging your bat on the dugout room warrants being thrown out of a game.
More than any blown strike call, what infuriates fans nowadays is when umpires can make game-altering moves like this -- oftentimes completely in the wrong -- and aren't held sufficiently accountable. This could be president setting, as it once again shows umpires can act with impunity and eject whom they please.