Lannan Ejected? Any Precedent?
Give peace a chance, fellas. Jeez. First big-league start, 40 family and friends in the crowd, stories in papers from Vermont to Albany to Long Island to D.C. to Philly, an extra special Bog post, and this is the result?
Washington's John Lannan was thrown out in his major league debut after hitting Philadelphia's Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in consecutive at-bats in the fifth inning Thursday.
Washington manager Manny Acta also was ejected by plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt after Lannan's exit. It was Acta's first ejection.
Let's briefly review the recent history of players ejected in their major league debut. Trust me, it's incredibly dramatic.
June 21, 1997
The Cincinnati Reds' Aaron Boone, promoted to replace his slumping brother, Bret, drove in the go-ahead run and then was ejected in his major-league debut Friday.
Boone, 24, also received his first ejection for throwing his helmet after getting called out by umpire Gary Darling on a close play at the plate to end the sixth.
"That's probably a first," Reds Manager Ray Knight said. "First big-league game, first RBI, first ejection, and the highest helmet toss after ricocheting it off the ground."
May 3, 1994
[Phillies left-hander] Andy Carter, making his major league debut, started the seventh.
He lasted three batters.
He hit the first one, Brad Ausmus, with a pitch. After pitcher A.J. Sager popped up, Carter hit [Luis] Lopez with a pitch. And that was enough for home plate umpire Jim Quick. Mindful that the benches had emptied the night before when Andy Ashby plunked Mariano Duncan in one at-bat and dusted him off with a fastball up and in the next, no doubt remembering that Curt Schilling had nailed Tony Gwynn in San Diego the previous time the teams met this year, he immediately ejected Carter and manager Jim Fregosi from the game.
Amazing. Utterly amazing. Today is not even the first time in the past 20 years that an NL rookie left-hander was ejected from his Major League debut after hitting two batters during a game in Philadelphia. Here's the box score. Take that, Elias.
Now we can only hope that Lannan turns into the next Andy Carter.
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