Don't Be Embarrassed Trey, It Happens To All Of Us

Max GoodwinContributor IIIMay 27, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 19:  Manager Trey Hillman #22 of the Kansas City Royals on April 19, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

It has happened hundreds of times, the person I am conversing with over-emphasizes a word and I get drenched in unintentional spit. I normally just wipe it off and try to avoid an embarrassing moment for them. I understand it's an accident, so I might as well just wipe it off and act like it never happened.

I guess some people are not nearly as concerned about embarrassing the poor guy with over active saliva production. Royals manager Trey Hillman was suspended for one game after one of these awkward incidents.

Hillman was involved in an argument at home plate with umpire Paul Emmel when the accidental loogie left Hillman's mouth. Emmel certainly did not mind embarrassing Hillman as he reacted by turning around, wiping his face. He made it so obvious that, while sitting in row YY in the upper deck of Kauffman stadium, I was laughing at what I thought had happened. It was obvious that Hillman had no intentions and said afterwards that he did not know he had spit on Paul Emmel.

It was a funny moment that was forgotten by most. But MLB has decided to suspend Trey Hillman for today's game against Detroit, who leads Kansas City by 3 games in the standings going into the game. Shocking news to those who witnessed the event.

The accidental spit was deemed an "inappropriate action" by MLB. A high priced country club would not have considered this action as inappropriate. What is next? Punishment for farting in the presence of an umpire? A two game suspension for stepping on the umps foot?

A better question is; would the same suspension be given to Paul Emmel if he had been the one to accidentally spit on Hillman?