Yorvit Torrealba Shoves Umpire in the Face During Winter League Game
Move aside, Roberto Alomar.
If you really want to see how a baseball player disrespects an umpire, check out the video on the next page of Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba getting all up in the grill of home plate umpire Dario Rivera during a winter league game down in Venezuela on Friday.
In the clip, Torrealba obviously takes exception with Rivera's officiating in a game between Caribbean and Anzoategui Caracas Lions at the Estadio Universitario.
In the bottom of the 8th inning (and his team down 3-2), Torrealba strikes out on a wicked slider from Alex Serrano. He then turns around and yells something at Rivera, who immediately gives Torrealba the thumb.
That's when the fun begins.
After jawing face-to-face with Rivera for a minute or so, Torrealba takes matters into his own hands. Or should I say, takes the ump's dome into his own hands and violently shoves him backwards.
At least Torrealba didn't spit in the ump's face, a la Alomar a few years back.
Had this happened in a Major League Baseball game, Torrealba would have surely received a hefty suspension and fine.
It's hard telling what the repercussions will be for the 33-year old, but fellow Latin player Jose Offerman pulled a similar stunt a few years back and was kicked out of the Venezuelan league for life.
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