I’m not a huge baseball fan, but I’ll watch when the St. Louis Cardinals are in the playoffs (and, they usually are).
Like many pro sports, baseball permits the players to argue with the umpire–up to a point. But, when a certain line is crossed, the umpire throws a weird hand jester pointing to the exit–and the player is ejected from the game. Even if you know nothing about baseball, you’ll recognize when a player is booted from the game.
What sort of language gets you kicked out of a game?
There are lines in baseball that you don’t cross. A player can say “Hey ump, come on, that wasn’t a strike”. Or even,”that wasn’t a [explitive] strike.”
But, the player cannot say, “Ump, you are an [explitive].” If you complain that the pitch was an [explitive] ball when the umpire thought it was a strike, that’s ok. But if you complain that the umpire is an [explitive], you’ve crossed the line and you’re getting thrown out of the game. Even calling the umpire’s mother a bad name may get you ejected from the game.
Sometimes, a team manager may deliberately get himself ejected from the game, just to rally his players a bit. The same cannot be said in my profession. In criminal defense, saying the wrong thing may get your client convicted. In our case for today, a prosecutor said some things that got a conviction overturned.
Loucrucha Jeansimon was sentenced to 30 years in prison for drug trafficking. As you may have figured out by now, this sentence was overturned because the prosecutor said some things that shouldn’t have been said. Continue Reading