San Diego Padres lefty David Wells was suspended for seven games and fined $3,000 Thursday for his "violent and aggressive" argument with umpire Ed Hickox last Saturday.
FYI: During the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves after a Jeff Francoeur two-run homer, Wells questioned Hickox's calling ability and asked if he planned on being fair to both teams. According to Hickox, this is about the time when Boomer began to "spray him with saliva."
Wells was promptly tossed, which only made matters worse. He was restrained by Pads manager Bud Black, two coaches and catcher Josh Bard, firing the ball at the backstop as he walked off the field.
Shocking conclusion: Boomer was ticked about the punishment given by MLB's disciplinarian, Bob Watson, who Wells referred to as a henchman and a yes man for Bud Selig.
"Pretty soon we'll all put skirts on and we're all going to play softball."I resent that comment, but also find it hilarious. Therefore, it will not be stricken from the record.
Of course, the robust veteran appealed his suspension, so a penalty won't begin until after the hearing.
In Wells' defense, seven games (one start) is a ridiculous amount of time to spend away from the game, just for foaming at the mouth like a rabid rottweiler over balls and strikes.
[San Diego Union Tribune] |