In the ninth inning of last night’s Phillies-Red Sox game, Marlon Byrd grounded out to Jimmy Rollins, who’s throw appeared to beat Byrd to the bag by maybe half a step. The throw also appeared to pull Ty Wigginton off of the bag, but first base umpire Gary Darling still called Byrd out. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine went nuclear after the call, wildly gesturing at Darling with his finger, as well as jumping up and down several times to illustrate Wigginton getting pulled off of the bag.
I’ll give credit to Darling for largely keeping his cool during the situation and not really provoking Valentine anymore than he should have, a huge contrast to the Bob Davidson-Charlie Manuel incident from earlier this week. In a bit of a funny moment, Darling’s gum actually pops out of his mouth and smacks Valentine in the chest. It didn’t look intentional at all, but it’ll be interesting to see if Darling gets any punishment from the league for that. It looked completely accidental, but Valentine looked real irritated after it happened. Regardless, it was a pretty solid meltdown and argument by Valentine, and Darling kept his cool very well.