Stephen Strasburg is a man of few words. But unfortunately for the reigning World Series MVP, that’s all it took for him to get tossed from Thursday’s Nationals/Mets game at Citi Field.
Strasburg’s second career ejection came under highly unusual circumstances as the Nats ace got the heave-ho for chirping at home plate umpire Carlos Torres from his seat in Section 121. Austin Voth’s 2-2 offering to Pete Alonso missed low, drawing irate responses from fed-up manager Dave Martinez and equally perturbed backstop Yan Gomes in the third inning. Strasburg couldn’t hold his tongue, chiming in from his socially-distanced perch behind home plate. Apparently, Torres wasn’t amused by Strasburg’s NSFW criticism (with no fans in attendance, rabbit-eared umpires are hearing everything these days), telling the potty-mouthed right-hander to hit the showers.
It’s hard to get ejected from a game you’re not actively participating in, but Thursday Strasburg managed to do exactly that. The 32-year-old took his ejection in stride, however, respectfully acknowledging the umpire he just belittled with a tip of the cap.
“Where he is supposed to go now?” Mets announcer Gary Cohen wondered aloud as Strasburg sauntered off. Players typically retreat to the clubhouse after ejections but Strasburg looked like he was headed elsewhere, perhaps for a walk around the neighborhood. It should be good strolling weather in Queens with afternoon temperatures in the mid to high 70s.
Strasburg will be on the bump for Washington Friday night in Baltimore. This will be his second time facing the O’s after struggling against them in his season debut last Sunday (4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 Ks, 1 BB). Prior to that, the three-time All-Star had been out with an injured hand.