A.J. Pierzynski’s ejections are the best. Anyone can yell and cuss and be a big jerk about things, but Pierzynski has style. Remember last year when he was run off after requesting a new ball from the home plate umpire by saying “Give me a ball, a new ball — one you can see”? That’s 80-grade stuff right there.
We’re not sure what he said in yesterday’s Grapefruit League game, but he was ejected by home plate umpire Joe West. And, to his credit, West used some Pierzynski cool in tossing A.J. Watch the video and listen closely to what West says in order to signify the ejection:
Hear that? He looked at the Braves’ dugout and said “you need a new catcher.” Say what you want about West, but that’s pretty damn funny. I mean, it’s probably still motivated by West having thin skin and being unable to take any sort of criticism for his usually crap strike zone, but it’s still pretty funny.