A weird scene unfolded in Yankee Stadium last night during the Rays-Yankees game. Home plate umpire Dan Bellino had a fan who was sitting behind home plate ejected for tipping pitch locations.
Umpire ejected a fan for telling Gary Sanchez the location of pitches, Girardi said. #Yankees
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A fan sitting behind the plate decided to give Gary Sanchez an unfair advantage, and started yelling out pitch locations. The fan would see where Rays catcher Wilson Ramos set up, then yell it out. Home plate umpire Dan Bellino called over security and had the fan ejected.
Brendan Kuty of NJ.com spoke to Ramos and Sanchez, and has more details:
“He was saying ‘Away, away, away’ in Spanish,” Ramos said.
“Everybody’s supposed to hit the ball and react to pitches,” Ramos said. “If you have somebody telling you where the ball is going, it’s more easy (to hit). To me, it’s like cheating.”
“You could definitely hear the guy scream, ‘Outside, outside!” Sanchez said. “But you don’t know if it’s going to be a slider or a fastball and you’ve got to stick to your plan.
“I think that’s the first time something like that happened to me … but you can’t let stuff like that distract you because it can become a distraction.”
Ultimately, the at-bat didn’t have much impact on the game. The Yankees were winning 4-1 in the eighth inning at the time, and they had runners on corners with two outs. The at-bat continued after the ejection, and a few pitches later, Sanchez blooped an RBI single to center.