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.
“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.