Kyle Schwarber explodes against umpire Angel Hernandez after a Phillies-Brewers game full of bad calls
Kyle Schwarber thinks umpire Angel Hernandez is bad at his job.
Stars, they’re just like us!
But when the Phillies tried to rally in the bottom of the frame, Hernandez, the home-plate umpire for Sunday night’s game, called Schwarber out on strikes for the second time. Except, the pitch was clearly out of the strike zone.
After a long night of bad judgments by one of the game’s worst shot-callers, Schwarber boiled over. He slammed his bat and helmet and lost it at Hernandez.
Rightfully so, because look at this:
Hernandez is known for missed calls, which is like a chef being known for giving people food poisoning.
Here are some of his other egregiously bad calls from the game:
After the game, Schwarber was more composed, saying he had to “stick up” for himself and his teammates.
It’s a travesty that on a night with such impeccable pitching on both sides, this is the biggest topic of conversation. It shows how truly bad Hernandez is at his job (which most people already knew) and that he no longer deserves to do it. Bad umpiring giveth and it taketh away, but ultimately, it’s bad for the game.
On the other hand, nothing but respect for Schwarber for finally fighting back. He might be new to the clubhouse, but he did something most of their veterans have never done, something this Phillies team, by and large, hasn’t really done for years. They’ve shown little fight over the last decade, and aside from their many other problems, is a huge reason why they’ve gone nowhere over the last ten years.
The Phillies might not be winning much yet, but Schwarber is a much-needed spark in this clubhouse, and the energy is going to shift.