Andy Green is very well spoken and many players say that he would make a good motivational speaker if he wasn’t a baseball manager. Tuesday for the first time he released his angry side after the umpires made a balk call on Padres pitcher Colin Rea. After conferring, they reversed the call which brought out Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. They then reversed the reversal, leading to a run for the Pirates. Andy Green did not like the sequence of events.
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Green had to get tossed, really. In my opinion it certainly was a balk, yet certainly the umpires saw something too the first time that caused them to reverse the call. Instant replay was NOT used officially, but clearly Hurdle looked at a replay after his first argument fell flat to argue more vehemently and in fact convince the umpires to circle back to the original balk call. See for yourself the video here.
Andy Green came onto that field essentially to take one for the team and get himself ejected. He threw his hat after being tossed and bench coach Mark McGwire had to come onto the field and physically push the smaller Green off the field and into the dugout. It was good to see Green show all of the emotion, though I also had the slight feeling the umpires were humoring him. Green doesn’t get angry very often and he could learn from Clint Hurdle apparently both how to get angry and how to win your case with the umpires.
The Padres meanwhile were enjoying a power surge from Wil Myers, Adam Rosales, and Derek Norris and led 5-3 in the 6th as of this writing. Melvin Upton Jr.continues to be the clean-up hitter who also gets on base and steals bases with the occasional walk off game winning home run. He walked twice so far with a stolen base, letting Wil Myers in the number 2 spot supply some early power.