Asdrubal Cabrera is taking his glove, and he’s going home.
During the fourth inning of Thursday’s Mets-Nationals Spring Training contest in West Palm Beach, things got strangely heated between Asdrubal Cabrera and home plate umpire Angel Hernandez.
With the count at 3-1, Cabrera asked for time but it unfortunately was not granted by Hernandez. Irritating for a hitter, but it happens. That was just the start of it. Cabrera and Mets manager Terry Collins were both upset, and they let Angel Hernandez know about it, specially because the pitch resulted in a second strike.
Then, Hernandez strongly encouraged Cabrera to get back in the box for the 3-2 pitch. Cabrera smoked a single up the middle, and turned around to say something to the umpire. Angel Hernandez did not appreciate Cabrera’s sass, and he ejected him from the game shortly after. Terry Collins came out for a heated argument, but it was too late, the decision was made, and the Mets shortstop had to go.
Here’s video of the argument and ejection.
Then, since Cabrera was tossed from the game, he had to leave, of course. Unfortunately, it turns out there is no exit out of the third base dugout at the Nats’ new Spring Training facility. So Asdrubal Cabrera did what was necessary, took his glove and sauntered his way across the field and through the right-field gate, and that was the end of his day. Cabrera took his sweet, sweet time on his stroll out of the park, and it was hilarious to see.
Here’s a great look at Cabrera strolling through the outfield, from ESPN’s Eddie Matz:
Hopefully for Cabrera’s sake, there’s no traffic on the way back to Port St. Lucie. His day has been eventful enough already.
Who says Spring Training is boring?