This has to be a first.
The incident occurred with two outs in the bottom of the third inning and the bases loaded as Mets slugger Pete Alonso was at-bat. Strasburg appeared to argue balls and strikes from the stands — standard behavior that generally doesn’t get a fan kicked out of a game.
But this wasn’t a standard situation, nor a standard fan. And home-plate umpire Carlos Torres wasn’t having it.
Torres ejected Strasburg, who politely obliged. Strasburg, sporting shorts, a T-shirt and a mask, promptly got up from his seat and exited the stands.
Stephen Strasburg was thrown out of the game while in the stands. pic.twitter.com/2u3Z0mmK2L— SNY (@SNYtv) August 13, 2020
Notice the hat tip on his way out.
Austin Voth proceeded to strike Alonso out to end the inning, but the Mets went on to an 8-2 victory.
Rough start for Strasburg
Strasburg’s not off to a great start in this most bizarre of baseball seasons. In his only 2020 start, the World Series MVP gave up five earned runs to the Baltimore Orioles in a game that was ultimately suspended because of a tarp mishap during a rain delay.
Now he’s getting tossed on his day off.
There will be better days ahead.
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