Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Matt Strahm was tossed before the first pitch was thrown Saturday night against the Boston Red Sox. If it made him feel any better, Red Sox pitcher Kutter Crawford was also tossed from the game.
Once the national anthem ended ahead of Saturday’s Red Sox-Phillies game, Crawford engaged in a standoff with Phillies pitcher Matt Strahm.
The two pitchers remained in the standoff for at least a couple of minutes before they were ejected from Saturday’s game.
Aside from the ejection, they also got fined. Crawford is on the 15-day injured list at the moment, so his fine was much higher than Strahm’s.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora stated that the umpire gave both players a warning, but they remained in their standoff, causing the umpire to toss them.
After having spent the bulk of his career as a reliever, Strahm was moved to Philadelphia’s starting rotation. He went 5 1/3 innings in his last two starts and owns a 2-3 record with a 3.38 ERA. His last start prior to 2023 was in August 2021 with the San Diego Padres.
When Crawford began the standoff, Strahm said his competitive nature kicked in, but he did not seem to have any regrets.
“If you know me, you know competition is everything to me so kind of felt like I was being called out right there,” Strahm said. “Looking back on it, probably not the wisest decision I’ve made in my big league career. … I guess I should’ve known better with how strict they are with pitch clock.”
Sometimes Major League Baseball can suck the fun out of things.
It is unknown how much Crawford and Strahm were fined.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.