The New York Yankees will play 162 games this year after a truncated season last year. But as many games, as they play, one thing is near a surety. Baseball is one of those sports that games last longer than many fans would like, but in many of those games, you see something you have never seen before.
It could be a Derek Jeter flip, a triple play, a bench-clearing fight, two grand slams in the same inning, an inside-the-park home run, and the list goes on and on. One thing that always sparks the interest of game-goers is team managers acting badly or even worse umpires acting even worse.
I’ve been a Yankee fan for 70 years, and over those years there isn’t much I haven’t seen, but last night I saw something for the very first time, an umpire throwing out the entire Baltimore Orioles ground crew. It was the ninth inning with the Yankees’ Brett Gardner at the plate. It started to rain and the Oriole’s ground crew positioned themselves behind the tarp roll in right field territory. For some unexplained reason umpire, Tim Timmons threw the entire Camden Yards ground crew out of the game, ushering them off the field with several gestures.
Brett Gardner hit his game-winning two-run blooper to no man’s land for the Yankees win. As soon as closer Aroldis Chapman finished off the Orioles in the bottom of the ninth, the grounds crew came back out onto the field and unrolled the tarp.
Tim Timmons kicked the Orioles grounds crew off the field at Camden Yards ?pic.twitter.com/EKmYaoDFjF
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 16, 2021