The Nationals had taken issue with the strike zone of home plate umpire Marty Foster throughout the first few innings Saturday afternoon, and by the third inning, it cost them a pair of ejections. Third baseman Anthony Rendon and manager Dave Martinez were tossed for arguing balls and strikes with Foster.
Really for flipping his bat...
Rendon was called out on strikes in each of his first two at-bats, and although he tossed his bat in disagreement after the second strikeout, he did not appear to say anything to Foster. He was ejected anyway, however, for just the second time in his career.
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That brought Martinez racing from the dugout, and he was animated in his displeasure with Foster. Martinez argued for a while before he was also thrown out of the game, and then decided to put on a show. He tossed his hat to the ground and kicked the dirt around home plate.
It was Martinez's first career ejection as manager.
I guess if your gonna get tossed for the first time, at least you go out in style.
A USA Today writer called the ejection the following:
"Anthony Rendon being ejected for saying nothing and dropping his bat after being called out on strikes may be the biggest overreaction by an umpire I've ever seen."