Umpire Ron Kulpa went viral Thursday for jawing with the Astros dugout at least three occasions and acting like a big jerk. The Red Sox are all too familiar with the unprofessional and combative behavior of the veteran official.
Three years ago, Kulpa ejected both David Ortiz and ex-manager John Farrell during a ninth inning tirade at Yankee Stadium. It's been called two questionable strikes by Ortiz in his last-at-bat with the Red Sox trailing by one and the bases loaded. The final strike seemed to be well below the strike zone.
Ortiz and Farrell were ejected seconds later, with Kulpa staring down on Big Papi.
In the words of NESN broadcaster Dave O'Brien, episode capped off a horrific Night of umpiring for Kulpa.
Kulpa seemed to be just looking for a fight during the Astros-Rangers Wednesday, given how he stared into the Houston bench in three separate occasions after calling a low-strike for hurler Mike Minor. Eventually, Kulpa goaded Astros manager A.J.
Later in the game, Kulpa made a physical contact with Houston's catcher and interrupted Gerrit Cole's warmup tosses.
The MLB has a problem with Ron Kulpa. pic.twitter.com/mOQx2nE8IQ
̵1; Jomboy (@Jomboy_) April 4, 2019
– Tyler Applegate (@t_applegate) April 4, 2019
This kind of confrontational behavior from the umpires should not be tolerated, especially if it fits in a pattern . MLB must reprimand these egotists and put them in their place.
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