In case you’ve been living under a rock or something, Dodgers fans are rightfully concerned that Matt Kemp might be in a bit of hot water after yesterday’s game, where he bumped/ran into/pushed back an umpire or two during a heated argument with basically the entire crew.
“Let’s go, Dre!”
Those apparently were the words that got center fielder Matt Kemp ejected during the second inning of the Dodgers’ 10-6 loss to the Pirates on Thursday. After Kemp was tossed, manager Don Mattingly came out to argue before getting the boot, too.
“Matt got thrown out today for cheering for Andre [Ethier],” Mattingly said. “He was barking about the pitch to Dre, the second strike, but then Angel said, ‘That’s enough. I don’t want to hear another word.’ So the next thing that came out of [Matt's mouth] — I heard it, clear as a bell — he said — because Matt knows where to stop — and Matt said, ‘Let’s go, Dre!’ And [Campos] looked over, and he threw him out of the game. It’s unacceptable.”
Mattingly and Kemp stormed out of the dugout following the center fielder’s ejection. Mattingly initially restrained Kemp before Shane Victorino and bench coach Trey Hillman stepped in. That let Mattingly argue with the umpires for several minutes before he was kicked out, as well.
“It’s unbelievable, man. I don’t get it,” Kemp said. “I’m sitting here, watching the game. There’s some big moments, you know, bases loaded. You think about things like that. You might be up to bat. You might get that big hit.
“But that wasn’t able to happen today, because I got kicked out of the game for something that wasn’t worth getting kicked out of the game for.”
As I said yesterday, unless they are completely lying, it was quite the ump show with the ringleader being Angel Campos. However, no matter how ridiculous the reason for ejection, physically contacting an umpire is rightfully a no-no, and it’s hard to deny it happens.
You could argue that there’s two separate umpires that he initiates physical contact with. Granted, it’s not like he was trying to get physical with either umpire involved in the incidents, as it was more like he was just trying to push through everybody and anybody to get into the face of Campos. Regardless though, Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher got a game for “aggressively arguing” on Tuesday, so I think Kemp is staring down at least a game suspension and as much as three, depending on how the MLB views Kemp’s contact.
Given his value to the team and the fact that the division race is a dead heat, it’s not a stretch to say that it could cost the Dodgers in the end if he gets suspended at all.
On a lighter note, there’s this: