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From George King in the Post:

Russell Martin was ejected by plate umpire Paul Schrieber in the fifth inning after Hughes believed the ump missed a couple of pitches.

“I said to (the umpire), ‘Did you stretch before the game?’ He said ‘What?’ I asked him again. Then I said, ‘I believe you are kind of tight right now.’ And he threw me out of the game.

“He wanted to hear what I was going to say because why else would he take off his mask and walk around me. I kept my mask on my face, nobody knew what was going on. I thought this was a game it should be fun. I was just trying to loosen things up a bit because he wasn’t having a good time. I didn’t say he sucked, I didn’t say he was the worst umpire in the league, I didn’t say any of that stuff. I just made a joke and he threw me out. No warning. Nothing.

“He said my antics were tired. Me walking to the mound kind of slowly. But it’s frustrating when you are not getting calls. I got thrown out for being funny, I guess. I got thrown out for having a sense of humor. I had Joe [Girardi] laughing. I can’t wait to see the report he is going to write. I felt it was the perfect time to do it. I was just trying to lighten up the mood. It just popped up in my head. I think he took it the wrong way. I just thought of it on the way back from seeing Phil. Phil was getting frustrated. a My standup days are over, shortlived. We can’t talk anymore. I was shocked I got thrown out. I was just trying to get him to laugh.”

Tough room, huh?

[Drawing by the great Drew Friedman]


1 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Sep 27, 2011 8:48 am

Oh my God, that is hilarious!

2 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 27, 2011 8:55 am

Rodney "No Respect" Martin.

3 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Sep 27, 2011 9:06 am

Russell Coltrane Martin, a man of many talents. As someone said on the previous thread, he has been a great addition to the team. Put a check mark on the positive column for Cashman. Martin is one tough dude, and the consummate professional although the HP Ump last night, Paul Schrieber might think differently. If I was Schrieber, I would have told Martin "I've got something for you stretch right here..."

The only downside, is if Schrieber is on one of the PS umpire crews, and is behind the plate in a future Yankee game.

4 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Sep 27, 2011 9:13 am

And that Buddy Hackett drawing above is perfect.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 27, 2011 9:18 am

4) Friedman's two books on Jewish comics are great. Disturbing, but great.

6 RIYank   ~  Sep 27, 2011 9:26 am

And he hates the Red Sox.

7 RIYank   ~  Sep 27, 2011 9:28 am

On the radio this morning I heard that paid attendance at the Trop last night was 18,700.

8 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 27, 2011 9:29 am

Speaking of laffs:


9 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 27, 2011 9:49 am

"I didn’t say he sucked, I didn’t say he was the worst umpire in the league, I didn’t say any of that stuff."

But he proved it anyway, which is the best part of the joke. >;)

10 Just Fair   ~  Sep 27, 2011 10:26 am

Cheers to Martin. Hysterical.
The ump walking around Martin to stand in front of him while he was still in his crouch was one of the biggest douche moves I've seen in a while. Lighten up, Francis!

11 T. Hawk   ~  Sep 27, 2011 12:11 pm

I like Martin but my goodness this season has been overrated in many quarters

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