Wave Goodbye to These Giants Fans (GIF)
This post was supposed to be about an Oakland A’s fan taunting a San Francisco Giants fan who was about to get ejected from last night’s A’s-Giants game. However, all I did was ask one little question and, all of a sudden, it turns into a post about umpire incompetence.
Let me explain.
You see, it all started with a GIF that captures (1) a cheerful Oakland fan waiving adios to a Giants fan who is about to get ejected, and (2) the look of dejection when the Giants fan is told he’s outta there. So, in short, it’s pretty funny.
But then I got to wondering: what did this guy do to get ejected from the game? So I looked it up and found out that, oh, he interfered with a ball in play. And that’s when this post turned into something else.
You see, for starters, the “ball in play” was so close to being foul that you really could excuse the fan for thinking it was foul. And if you don’t want to excuse him for that, you could excuse him for the fact that the ball was most definitely going out of play anyway. All he did was reach in front of somebody else.
Nevertheless, the ushers showed no mercy, and the guy was ejected—hence the above GIF. So, fine. Zero tolerance. Okay. But then it just gets insane.
Why? Well, when the Giants’ Andres Torres hit the ball in question, there was a runner on first base. And if you’re a baseball fan, then you probably know that, when the ball bounces out of play or is touched by a fan, the custom is to give everyone two bases. That would have put runners on second and third.
However, for some reason, the umpires didn’t make the Giants’ baserunner go back to third after the interference. Rather, he had come around to score, and they let the run stand.
Want to take a look at the whole play? Click here. I’ll wait.
Yep, if I were A’s manager Doug Melvin, my head probably would have exploded.
Plus, what about the poor fan? The guy got ejected, but the umpires didn’t even rule interference on the play? That’s messed up.
Nice going, umps.