GIFs: Today in umpire stoicism
Let us recognize two umpires not for the dubious calls they made, but rather for their emotionless faces.
While some umpires -- Bob Davidson and Laz Diaz, for darn instance -- seem to take preternatural delight in advancing hostilities following an ejection, two umpires on Wednesday opted to put on display the most towering ideals of stoicism.
First, here's first base ump Lance Barksdale's stoney visage following his ejection of Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon ...
Now let's move on to Lance Barrett, plate ump in Wednesday's Braves-Giants tilt, as he soberly regards a post-ejection B.J. Upton ...
But wait: There's more!
Other than the above-the-frayness on display, notice any other commonalities?
Yes: Gum-chewing as signifier of quiet fortitude. Let us henceforth refer to this umpiring gambit as "The Rod Steiger" ...
You see, the men featured above are unmoved by your post-ejection snits and or miscalculated attempts at municipal corruption.
¡Viva la umpire stoicism!