Apparently, home plate umpire Chuck Fairchild though the fans in attendance and watching the Tigers-Phillies game on TV Sunday were there for him, because this ejection of Miguel Cabrera is a ridiculous side show.
Obviously we don't know what was said. I'm no lip-reader, but the so-called magic words are pretty easy to read and it didn't look like Miggy said any of them. Even after Cabrera was ejected, he seemed to be calmly asking what the problem was. If he was out of control, he would have gone crazy -- like his manager, Jim Leyland, did in getting his money's worth.
This isn't even mentioning that Leyland wasn't even animated when discussing the issue with Fairchild -- though I'm betting the likelihood of the so-called "magic words" coming from Leyland's mouth is high.
The Tigers would go on to win with ease, but overall there's no reason to toss guys with such a lack of showing up the umpire.
Also of note in this incredibly weird game: The Tigers would get eight unearned runs on just two hits in the bottom of the sixth. Here's the amazing play-by-play:
|Jacob Diekman pitching:|
|Andy Dirks :||Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dirks walked.|
|Alex Avila :||Pickoff attempt, Avila safe at first on Diekman throwing error, Dirks to second.|
|Ramon Santiago :||Bunt foul, Santiago reached on bunt single to pitcher, Dirks to third, Avila to second.|
|Austin Jackson :||Ball, Jackson flied out to right.|
|Don Kelly :||Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kelly safe at first on left fielder Susdorf fielding error, Dirks scored, Avila to third, Santiago to second.|
|Luis Garcia relieved Jacob Diekman.|
|Matt Tuiasosopo :||Ball, Ball, Ball, Tuiasosopo walked, Avila scored, Santiago to third, Kelly to second.|
|Prince Fielder :||Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fielder reached on fielder's choice to first, Santiago scored, Kelly to third, Perez to second on 1st baseman Ruf throwing error.|
|Victor Martinez :||Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Martinez walked, Kelly scored, Perez to third, Fielder to second.|
|Jhonny Peralta :||Ball, Ball, Peralta homered to left, Perez, Fielder and Martinez scored.|
|Antonio Bastardo relieved Luis Garcia.|
|Andy Dirks :||Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dirks struck out swinging.|
|Alex Avila :||Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Avila struck out looking.|
|End of Inning (8 Runs, 2 Hits, 3 Errors)|