Umpire Todd Tichenor made history (maybe? probably not) when he ejected four people in one inning of the Red Sox-Twins game last night. Hey, when you're a temporarily fill-in just called up from the minors, you've got to take your shots when you can get them.
Tichenor has actually had a couple of cups of coffee in the majors, umping 81 games in 2007 and 2008, but he was brought back up from AAA to fill-in for Ed Montague at the Metrodome on Thursday and he did not waste any time breaking out the thumbs. In the span of one frame he tossed both catchers and both their managers for (barely) arguing calls. It seems that Todd very much likes to pull the chain.
It started in the top of the seventh when he tossed noted hothead Mike Redmond (12 seasons in the majors with no ejections) after he objected to a close play at the play—that Tichenor clearly got wrong. When Ron Gardenhire went out to object, he didn't fare much better.
"I thought Red was emotional, sure," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He jumped up, but he's just going to argue a little call. I just thought [Tichenor] pulled the trigger too quick, that's all."
Arguing about about a quick ejection? You better believe that's an ejection.
Ump an equal-opportunity ejector [Star-Tribune]
Jason Varitek, Terry Francona get the ol' heave ho [Boston Herald]
Ejections appear way off base [Boston Globe]
Outta here! Tichenor hits an umpire's grand slam [Big League Stew]
Todd Tichenor Practices Umpiring Prior to Twins v Red Sox [Bob's Blitz]