The Philadelphia Phillies‘ Sunday night game ended dramatically, with Kyle Schwarber giving home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez the telling-off he richly deserved.
In the bottom of the ninth, with the Phillies down 1-0, Hernandez ruled that Schwarber had struck out, even though the pitch wasn’t even remotely close to a strike. It was the final straw in a game with several missed calls, which is nothing new for Hernandez. Schwarber hurled his bat and tossed his helmet before shouting expletive-laden critiques at the unpopular umpire. Though it was only minutes before the game ended, Hernandez ejected him.
The incident went viral on Twitter, which wasn’t at all surprising, given that baseball fans love drama and slamming umpires. And Hernandez is a repeat offender, often trending. for making bad calls.
However, the Schwarber angle isn’t such a common occurrence. After all these years, most players have accepted that they won’t get a fair at-bat when Hernandez is behind the dish. But it was a long game of especially bad umpiring, and that, combined with Schwarber’s reaction, got everyone talking.
Here are all the reactions from media members and athletes (both current and former) you need to see:
Media members and content creators react to Kyle Schwarber and Angel Hernandez
Current and former MLB players react to Kyle Schwarber and Angel Hernandez
Longtime Phillies pitcher and 2008 World Series champion Brett Myers was one of several current and former MLB players to weigh in.
And former MLB player turned broadcaster Lou Merloni:
Beloved former Phillies slugger, Andrew McCutchen, who saw the situation unfold firsthand now that he’s on the Brewers: