We are a little late on this one, but whatever. It’s so funny and awkward and out of the ordinary that we still wanted to take some time to look into what happened. For those who missed it, there weren’t just fireworks during the final game of the series between the Mariners and Royals, but before it as well. Robbie Ray was ejected for doing nothing. Literally. Nothing.
That’s the problem though, as they desperately needed him to do something, anything, to get off of the field.
Confused yet? If you haven’t seen, read, or heard about what happened, I’m sure you’re starting at your screen thinking “what in the world is this guy talking about?” Well, I’m sure some of you think that on the more serious pieces I write as well.
Robbie Ray was ejected for delaying the start of the Mariners game vs the Royals
Here’s what happened. As is customary, the game started with the players standing for the National Anthem. Normally, the Anthem ends and the players go back into their dugouts, getting ready to hit or to take the field. You know, to play baseball.
Well, pitchers are a different breed. They are odd people who do odd things. That definitely applies to Robbie Ray and Luke Weaver. Former teammates in Arizona who found themselves on opposite sides of the field, embroiled in a showdown to see who would stay out there the longest while holding their hand/hat over their heart.
It was like Miguel vs Eli in Cobra Kai Season 4. Former friends now competing against each other. This matchup lead to someone leaving early as well.
With teammates coming out to support them, towels, water, and massage guns were brought to their aid. The Managers brought out their lineup cards, and the game was scheduled to start, yet here they were, still on the field. They were a few minutes past the scheduled first pitch, but Weaver and Ray weren’t backing down.
I don’t think we have ever needed Enrico Pallazzo more than we did at that moment. Unfortunately, the umpires took it a little too seriously. Weaver and Ray were both ejected. The Mariners entire dugout and announcing crew celebrated as Weaver broke the stalemate first, giving the W to Robbie Ray.
There was a game played as well, but I don’t wanna talk about that anymore. Back to Seattle and the final homestand of the year!