Thursday, May 31, 2012
ANAHEIM, Calif.—Yankees catcher Russell Martin lashed out at home plate umpire Laz Diaz after last night’s 6-5 victory over the Angels. After the two had earlier argued over balls and strikes, Martin said the umpire refused to let him throw the ball back to his own pitchers whenever a new ball was put into play.
“He told me I had to earn the privilege,” said Martin, a seven-year veteran, three-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner. “Even at the end of the game after I get hit in the neck. I’m like, can I throw the ball back now? He’s still like no. I’m like you’re such a (expletive). Like for real. Unbelievable. I even told him like when there’s guys on base, I like to keep my arm loose. No. I’m not letting you throw a ball back. That’s pretty strange to me.”
If Diaz isn’t the worst umpire in the game, he’s on the short list for runner-up. His strike zone last night was ridiculous (for both teams). Rafael Soriano threw a few pitches that looked like strikes that were called balls just because they missed Martin’s target. Luckily it didn’t cost the Yankees the game, but it cost me several minutes of sleep.
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