GIFs: Today in umpire stoicism

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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 ... 

Composure maintained!

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!

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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