Reds' Bryan Price Abruptly Pauses Argument with Umpires for 'God Bless America'

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2017

A September game with zero playoff implications could not quell Bryan Price's anger. After Scooter Gennett got ejected for spiking his helmet in frustration of a called strike three, the Cincinnati Reds manager fumed at umpires during the seventh-inning stretch.

MLB fans fluent in managerial yelling would have reasonably expected him to bicker until one of the umpires tossed him from the game. He instead stopped his diatribe for the singing of "God Bless America."

And no, the patriotic ode did not melt his icy heart with a reminder of a baseball game not mattering in the grand scheme of things. He resumed his argument immediately after the musical interlude.

As noted by CBS Sports' Mike Axisa, Jim Leyland also slammed the brakes on a tirade out of respect for "God Bless America" in 2006.

It appears the top of the seventh inning is the best time for an umpire to make a questionable call.

[MLB]

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