Robbie Ray engages in an anthem standoff.

Robbie Ray and Luke Weaver had a little fun before the Kansas City Royals hosted the Seattle Mariners Sunday, facing off in an “anthem standoff.”

This went on for quite some time, to the point where teammates began bringing the pair water and towels, and the Royals mascot wandered over to check on the situation.

But when the Royals took the field to begin warming up, home plate umpire Adrian Johnson had seen enough. He began motioning Ray and Weaver off the field.

After Johnson made a couple of tries to shoo them into their dugouts, and just as Mariners ace Ray seemed to “win” the standoff over the Royals reliever, the home plate umpire ejected the pair.

Ray and Weaver, former teammates with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019 and 2020, will think twice before they do something like this again, although their bizarre ejections did make Twitter more interesting for a while.

“Don’t let football distract you from today’s anthem standoff that ended with ejections for Robbie Ray and Luke Weaver,” tweeted BetRivers Sportsbook.

It makes one wonder if there hasn’t been a secret directive sent down by the MLB office to umpires to crack down on these anthem standoffs, which have become a thing lately.


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Arthur spends his free time traveling around the U.S. to sporting events, state and national parks, and in search of great restaurants off the beaten path.