We have seen players being sent off in games. We have also seen it with leaders. Even team mascots have been thrown off the field. But until Wednesday night in Baltimore, it was hard to understand that anyone had seen all the maintenance personnel removed from the grounds. or “grounds crew” being ejected by an umpire in an MLB game.
That’s exactly what happened at Camden Yards during the Yankees-Orioles game that was being threatened by bad weather. In the ninth inning, third base umpire Tim Timmons saw the Orioles field staff standing around the giant tarp used to cover the diamond, ready to jump into action after the final out.
But that wasn’t going to happen under Timmons. The umpire moved from his position in the anteroom and crossed the diamond as he motioned for the groundskeepers to leave the field immediately – yes, everyone. And so they did, they all ran out one of the gates located in the corner of the right field.
Perhaps the Orioles would have preferred they not. Moments after the ejection, a 3-2 lead over New York turned into a 4-3 deficit after a two-run single by Brett Gardner that ultimately resulted in the decisive hit.
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