Umpire Ejects Cubs PA Announcer, Music Intern: Stories from the Minor Leagues
Umpires are used to getting heckled from fans, questioned by managers and players and generally are the target of a lot of abuse over a nine-inning span.
When does it go too far?
For class-A umpire Mario Seneca, it was when the Daytona Cubs (Class-A, Florida State League) music intern Derek Dye chose to play an organ rendition of "Three Blind Mice" following a missed call at first base.
The song set Seneca into a rage, EJECTING the music intern and the PA announcer and yelling from the field to, "Turn the sound off for the rest of the night." Cubs manager Brian Harper said (via MiLB.com) after the game that he thought Seneca had ejected him, not the music intern or PA guy.
Shockingly, Dye is not the first person to be ejected for playing "Three Blind Mice" at a minor league game. Clearwater Threshers organist Wilbur Snapp was tossed for playing the song during a game in 1985.
The umpire turned to Facebook after Wednesday night's game, posting, "The good news is that I called my league president afterwards, and he said I did the correct thing. His opinion is pretty much the only one that matters, since he's my boss."
Despite the lack of a PA announcer and music for the rest of the game, the Cubs held on to beat Fort Myers 2-1.
A YouTube video of the ejection can be found here.
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