This has to be one of the most awkward hot mic incidents you’ll ever see. How do you recover from this?
During yesterdays matchup between the Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Angels (which if you’ve never thought about it, translates to “The Angels Angels”), an umpire had an all time hot mic moment when he let out a phrase with a profanity thinking he had turned his microphone off.
There are a lot of different theories as to why the umpire said “they’ve got their heads up their ass.” I know which one is my favorite and what I want to believe, but I’ll let you check out all of the potential reasons why it happened:
1) The umpire was upset that the people operating the PA system took too long to get his microphone ready to broadcast him announcing the challenge.
2) The ump was fed up with the review being sent to the MLB’s main review headquarters and knew that it would take too long for them to look at it and either confirm or overturn it (which I don’t blame them, I agree).
3) The umpire had a dinner reservation at a nice restaurant in town and had to finish up the game quickly so he could make it in time and knew that a review of the play would be pushing it, so he was upset at Miami’s coaches for challenging it.
I am leaning towards number three as my personal favorite, but I know that its actually most likely either number one or two. As you’ll see in the video below, after Miami challenged the call at home plate, the umpire was caught on the PA microphone saying:
“Miami is challenging the out call at home plate…
they’ve got their heads up their ass.”
The game announcer acts like a certified professional and continues after the mishap with:
“And obviously a crucial play in this ballgame if it gets overturned, and they’ll need the evidence to overturn it.”
All the evidence I need is the ump (possibly) saying that Miami’s coaches have their heads up their asses. Seems like that shows you that the umpire has already made up his mind about the call.
I really do think that it’s a classic case of the umpire having a dinner reservation that he needs to get to, or in this day and age with sports betting, he could have money on the “under runs scored.”