After all, near-30/30 seasons come around once in a blue moon at the minor-league level, and the locals were probably excited to get a chance to stargaze.
Unfortunately, the home plate umpire had other plans.
Plans we’d love to be enlightened about! Because, more than 24 hours after this atrocity, we still have no idea what the hell happened.
Volpe’s Sunday began like most of ’em in 2021: with an opposite-field blast to get the ‘Gades firmly on the scoreboard, his 24th of the season to supplement a 1.027 OPS.
Unfortunately, when he crossed home plate, the ump decided to unleash his own personal brand of venom (a Red Sox fan, maybe?) and sent the shortstop to the showers with a quick-hook ejection. What did Volpe ever do to you?!
Yankees top prospect Anthony Volpe got ejected for no reason on Sunday.
Was it something he said? Or does this ump just hate swag?
Imagine treating a High-A game like it absolutely does not matter and isn’t essential to the players’ development. This trainee basically assessed the situation and tried to get himself an MLB call-up by big-leaguing all over the field. We’re chasing round numbers over here! Volpe’s trying to smack 30 bombs after losing the 2020 season entirely to the pandemic! And now we’re just cutting his games short for personal vendettas. Awesome.
And it’s not like Volpe didn’t have an extremely good shot at an extra dong during this game. The Renegades went off, especially in the late innings. Fellow top prospect Everson Pereira actually hit three by the time this one ended, contributing to a 14-run explosion in the ninth.
Would’ve enjoyed seeing Volpe participate in that mash show, to be quite honest! Ah, well. Nevertheless.
Fans of minor-league ball have about two weeks left to witness Step 1 of Volpe’s historic ascent. After all, he could be in the bigs by mid-2022, if it continues to seem impossibly pointless to keep him down in the developmental ranks.
Hopefully, nobody else wearing navy blue decides to grandstand and send him home early before the season wraps.