...last year umpire Runge apologized to Jerry Manuel, hapless manager of my hapless Mets, after Runge ejected Manuel and Carlos Beltran for arguing a called third strike and Runge appeared to bump Manuel before tossing him. First, check out the .gif. Ichiro, who is of a calm nature and has not been thrown out of a game in his 18-year career, used his bat to draw a line on the outer edge of the plate, demonstrating that he thought perhaps David Purcey's strike-three pitch was outside. Even though the pitch was a tiny bit outside, Ichiro knew that drawing the line would get him the boot. He seems pretty zenlike during the whole ordeal. Runge DOES NOT. So both were in the wrong in the rational world. But in the called third strike department, perhaps the umpire was a little Rungey again. To clarify, we don't like the way the umpire got in Ichiro's face. That's all we're sayin'.
It's what's on the inside that counts
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