What we heard about Pie's ejection
There’s been some talk floating around the Internet -- after a tweet in Spanish yesterday -- about a Dominican Winter League incident involving Orioles outfielder Felix Pie.
Two things are important to note here: One, I wasn’t there, and so what I am passing down is what someone told me. Two, the Orioles were not contacted about it as of Thursday evening. The assumption is that if it had been something serious, they would have been notified quickly.
So here’s what was relayed to me by someone who should know: Apparently, in a tie game Wednesday, Pie was on first base and was picked off the bag by the catcher. There was no first-base umpire, and so the home-plate umpire made the call from 90 feet away. Pie, and many of those in the stands, thought it was a terrible call.
Pie raced down to home plate to argue and was ejected by the plate umpire. And apparently that caused fans to throw things like water bottles onto the field.
I’ve been told that Pie did nothing unusual, no contact or anything with the umpire. I was also told there may be some discipline handed down for the incident, perhaps a fine, more because of Pie’s standing as a major leaguer and role model more than anything he actually did.
Again, that’s all I’ve got. But the Orioles don’t seem to be concerned about the report.
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