Baseball is full of pointless indignities, but the fact a player can be ejected from a game he's already, by rule, barred from re-entering is one of the most impotent. With that impotence in mind, here's professional MLB umpire Laz Diaz goading Yankees pitcher Shawn Kelley into getting ejected.
TV Ted Valentine and Joey Crawford, eat your hearts out. You've got nothing on Laz Diaz, the poster child for umpires everywhere who insist they're part of the show's featured cast. Make no mistake: Kelley pitched horribly, and had no business mouthing off himself. Just take a look at the PITCHf/x data for his final batter faced:
It's that second pitch Kelley was whining about. It wasn't a strike, and Diaz called it correctly. But his show of telling Kelley to "keep walkin'" was a pathetic mess—and Yankees fans are rightfully calling him out for a history of taunting and goading players in pinstripes.
Two years ago, it was Diaz who refused to let Yanks catcher Russell Martin throw the ball to the pitcher.