This Week’s T’d Up: Hunter Wendelstedt, getting on TV any way possible

by

T’d Up is a weekly column that runs on Fridays selecting, in our humblest of opinions, the biggest sports Tool of the Week. 

It was a glorious day for baseball in Philadelphia yesterday.  The birds were chirping, the soft toilet paper commercial clouds were rolling by, and newcomer John Lannan would be making his major league debut for the Washington Nationals.

ozziekisseseveryone.jpg

Everything was going great for the Nats, Lannan was pitching a respectable game through 4+ and had even notched a strikeout.  It was the day the kid always dreamt of playing catch in his back yard… That is, of course, until umpire Hunter Wendelstedt could get his fat, greedy, spotlight stealing hands on it.

More LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME after the jump.

In the top of the 5th, Lannan hit Chase Utley on the hand to put men on first and second.  The next batter up… Ryan Howard.

Holding onto a slim 3-2 lead, man in scoring position, and 500 foot power hitter Howard stepping into the box, Lannan probably got a little nervous.

The pitch hit Howard in the back.ididntmeanit.jpg

The bitch tossed Lannan from the game.

Yes. Hunter Wendelstedt ejected John Lannan from the ballgame.  Major league debut.  One run game.  Ejected.

After the game, Utley (who is now on the DL with a busted hand) came to Lannan’s aid.

“I don’t think he was trying to hit me. It got away from him,” Utley said.

Manager Manny Acta was subsequently tossed for defending Lannan (Acta’s first career ejection).  The last time someone was ejected in their debut, Aaron Boone in ’97.

 It sounds to me like Wendelstedt and “Blind” Bruce Froemming should become fishing buddies, rent a canoe, and go sit on a lake where they can trade back-pats and discuss each others greatness in peace and quiet… all the while leaving MLB in better shape.

 Wendelstedt, for ruining the afternoon of the Lannan family (Lannan’s mom baked a cake and the icing said “congratulations son, we’re so proud of you, don’t get tossed, it will kill your father”), for being one of many many men to touch lips with Ozzie Guillen, and for not letting me on the field after game 4 of the 06 ALCS (I just wanted to give Inge a high five, jackass) you are hereby fat, and….

callingouttools.jpglookatmelookatme.jpg

Advertisements

6 Responses to “This Week’s T’d Up: Hunter Wendelstedt, getting on TV any way possible”

  1. phightins2008 Says:

    I WATCHED THAT GAME, AS A PHILLIE FAN. I WAS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT UTLEY, BUT I WAS SHOCKED WHEN THE ROOKIE WAS RUN. THE UMPS ARE TO FULL OF THEMSELVES. NOBODY BUYS A TICKET TO WATCH THE UMPS.

  2. David Sheridan Says:

    why would you put his families name on there? get over it bro

  3. ben Says:

    Wendelstedt is a bitch. He’s got a bigger head than ARod. What a piss poor umpire. I know this article is old but I just watched another one of his debacles from last night’s Twins Tigers game. I know I’m biased because I’m a Twinkies fan but the dude blows.

    • Cliff Says:

      I will second the fact that Wendelstedt is terrible. He blew two calls last night in Detroit, Tigers go on to win by two. Two wrong calls at home, neither of which was this professional umpire in a position to make any other call than “safe” for the Detroit baserunner. He stayed in a spot where he can’t see the play.

  4. carlos Says:

    he did the same thing at cincy did you ever see a worse strike 3 call to Rolan at his ankles . they should have to say how much a ump is fined when they do wrong we have a open country

  5. Martin Biggs Says:

    I second that emotion. The third strike call was one of the worst I’ve ever seen. Guys will make bad calls; they’re only human. But what is so maddening is the lack of humility and the arrogance of this guy in particular. If players and managers are fined for disrespecting umpires (which is proper), then umpires should also be fined (and eventually dismissed) for continual bad calls (read incompetence) and for abusing their authority by gloating when they eject a participant. As professionals, they should be held to a professional standard of maturity and class and punished just as surely as anyone else when that standard is not met. This is one of the big problems in Major League Baseball, and in other professional sports for that matter (i.e., the NBA). Umpire School? What a joke!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: