Major League Baseball umpire Bob Davidson ejected a Philadelphia Phillies fan Tuesday night for heckling the umpire with requests for oral sex.
Andrew Baggarly, who covers the San Francisco Giants (the Phillies' opponent Tuesday night) had this from the transcription of comments by Davidson's pool report. The incident allegedly happened in the sixth inning..
This guys starts yelling 'You suck!' You could tell he was (drunk). And so, all right, suck is not bad. Then he kept it up for two hitters completely. Then the third hitter after the first pitch, he says 'I own property on 69th Street. You could come over and suck!' That's when I turned around and said 'You know what, get rid of this guy.' You could have your wife, girlfriend, kids — they buy tickets. They don't have to come here and listen to that. That's exactly what he said to throw him out. ... I didn't know why security just doesn't do that on their own.
Phillies fans reportedly cheered the ejection.
To be clear, it was Davidson hearing the connection to a gay sex act, not the rather innocuous "you suck," that drove him to the ejection. Davidson, 64, has been umpiring in Major League Baseball since 1982. He has umpired one World Series. Having been in the league that long he's heard every anti-umpire heckle imaginable. It was the homophobic comment that sent the fan home early. The third base umpire in Tuesday's game was Dale Scott, who is openly gay.
Davidson ejected a fan in 2010 for directing a homophobic slur at a St. Louis Cardinals player.
Again it's someone in Major League Baseball taking a clear stand about something that demeans LGBT people -- namely using gay sex as an insult. This is becoming a major trend for the league and, frankly, for professional sports in America. Thank you, Bob Davidson.
Hat tip to TR.