In perhaps the most newsworthy incident in the NL West this season, fans witnessed a bizarre encounter between Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner and first base umpire Dan Bellino. To the joy of Los Angeles Dodgers fans, MadBum got ejected unfairly and the meltdown that ensued was prime television.
During Wednesday afternoon’s game, Bumgarner came off the mound after the first inning and took part in the standard “sticky stuff” check orchestrated by the umpires, but this one was particularly uncharacteristic based on what fans have been accustomed to once last year’s ban was put into place.
Bellino took Bumgarner’s hand and held it for a few moments. Not only that, but he wasn’t even looking at Bumgarner’s hand for any substances. He was staring at his face, almost waiting for a reaction from the pitcher, which he eventually got.
It very much feels like Bumgarner was baited into an ejection here, for reasons beyond comprehension. He understandably lost his cool and then had to be restrained by his teammates and coaches as to not make this uglier than it was.
For Dodgers fans, it was the best kind of entertainment for a player they absolutely hate, however. Take that for all the years you dominated LA, MadBum! Max Muncy must be the exact “sit back on the recliner and eat popcorn GIF” right now.
Dodgers fans will love watching Madison Bumgarner getting ejected
Some choice words deciphered from that lip reading! Woof! Bumgarner hit the showers after just one inning of work (he allowed one earned run on a homer off the bat of Jon Berti) and will now be endlessly fuming until his next outing.
What’s even funner for Dodgers fans? Marlins pitcher Elieser Hernandez couldn’t have received less of an inspection from the umps.
The former San Francisco Giant has given the Dodgers enough problems throughout his career — specifically to the tune of a 2.77 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 225 strikeouts in 38 games (234.1 innings) — so LA fans will enjoy any playful misfortune that comes MadBum’s way.
The Dodgers don’t face the D-backs again until mid-May, but Muncy better have another antagonistic one-liner prepared for the left-hander if tensions escalate, because fans would love nothing more than seeing the veteran left-hander lose his cool and become a viral punchline.