The team wasn’t burned by his ejection in the third inning of a 1-0 win over the
Puig had been called out on strikes after two borderline calls in a row, the last of which was a pitch inside and near the knees.
At some point after the pitch, according to Dodgers Manager
In fact, Puig had stood in the batter's box with his hands on his hips for 10 seconds. Home-plate umpire David Rackley began to walk away, but Puig said something that made him turn around. Puig gesticulated, spoke some more, and the umpire turned away for a second time.
Then Puig said something again, and that's when Rackley ejected him.
Mattingly spoke with Rackley after the ejection, but the Dodgers manager said the ejection was justified. Rackley, he said, was trying to walk off.
"There's certain things you just can't do," Mattingly said of Puig's actions. "And that was one of those."
Puig had been ejected just once before in his career — when he threw a punch during a bench-clearing brawl with the
Both strike calls were close. Dodgers first baseman
"It's not like he just decided to get mad at the umpire for no reason," Gonzalez said. "Those were balls, so he should've been 2-1. Instead he was strike three."
The Dodgers (53-43) won the game thanks to a walk-off sacrifice fly by
So what were the magic words?
"I told him that he was in a rush to get out," Puig said in Spanish.
It was a joke, and he smiled and tapped his gold Rolex wristwatch and added: "The way I am right now."
And he left the clubhouse.