MLB umpire Andy Fletcher had just about enough of Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester as he charged the mound to confront the lefty.
By Robby Sabo
Something happened on Thursday that not only befuddled fans, but it shocked players, coaches and everybody else in Major League Baseball.
Oftentimes arguments break out. Managers and players alike get into it with umpires and a screaming match ensues. Guys get the eventual “heave-ho” from the man in black and play resumes.
At Wrigley Field yesterday, the roles were reversed.
After a 3-2 pitch from Jon Lester that missed the strike-zone inside, home-plate umpire Andy Fletcher charged the mound.
Well, he didn’t actually charge the mound, but as you can see his temperament was one that could be described as fired-up. He had enough of Lester’s complaining about the strike-zone.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon came out to defend his ace, and he got a few solid screams in there as well.
Although it appeared to everyone that the strike-zone complaining was what incited the confrontation, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reported that Lester didn’t say anything directly to Fletcher.
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“I don’t know why (Fletcher) was so upset,” he said. “I had my head down when I was yelling. He went AWOL. I don’t know what was going on. It has nothing to do with umpire’s strike zone.”