Cubs ace Jon Lester was not having a good day in Thursday’s 4-0 loss to the Dodgers. He walked four batters in his four innings pitched, and he felt he was getting squeezed by home-plate umpire Andy Fletcher. So, Lester voiced his opinions—a serious no-no in baseball. Fletcher wasn’t having any of it and went into Joey Crawford mode.
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“I don’t think anyone was out of line either way,” Cubs catcher David Ross said afterward. “Jon thought that was a strike. I think Fletch wanted to make sure that he knew it wasn’t, and he believed it. And I was just trying to be the mediator.”
“I don’t know why he was so upset. I had my head down when I was yelling,” Lester said. “Nothing was directed at him. And he went AWOL. So I don’t know what was going on.”
Kinda like with Joey.