For one college baseball umpire, enough hot-dogging was enough.
He ejected East Carolina pitcher Josh Grosz from a game this week at the American Athletic Conference Tournament after Grosz handed teammate Jacob Starling a frankfurter to celebrate Starling's first-inning home runs against USF.
Home runs props are nothing new in college baseball or MLB, but they were banned in college after teams popularized them. The hot dog apparently counted as a prop.
It's not known exactly why this warranted an ejection, but if the goal was to send a message, the ump certainly succeeded.
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"That's the new rules, I guess. No fun baseball," ECU manager Cliff Godwin told reporters, per Cox Media Group, after the Pirates lost the game 12-11 in 11 innings.
Grosz also missed his scheduled start Wednesday against Cincinnati because of the ejection. The Pirates won that game 9-6 to stay alive in the tournament. They will play UCF in an elimination game Friday.
Perhaps Grosz would be better served "celebrating" like Jac Caglianone did for Florida against Georgia in April.
Next time, Grosz should keep the hot dog in the dugout and tuck himself away. An umpire can't eject what they can't see.2023-05-25T21:58:52Z dg43tfdfdgfd