Mariners catcher Mike Zunino didn’t like a check swing call in Tuesday’s night during the Yankees-Mariners game at Safeco and started yelling at first base umpire Will Little. Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon came out to argue and earned a quick ejection along with Zunino from home plate ump Mike DiMuro.
McClendon decided to go all out from there, first kicking his cap and then running across the diamond to yell at third base ump Tony Randazzo. The home crowd stood up and cheered as he walked off the field.
The Mariners entered play on Tuesday a disappointing 24-27. Perhaps the pressure is getting to McClendon. Or perhaps this is the moment that sparks the Mariners up the standings.
Either way does tonight’s tirade top his ejection in 2001 with the Pirates when he ripped out first base?
Probably not, but it’s close.