From little league to the major leagues, baseball is one of America's favorite pastimes. Sometimes the support from the home crowd can help motivate the team to win the big game, other times, fans can get a little too into the game. Then they have got to go...
With two outs in the top of the 6th inning, the Phillies were holding on to a one run advantage over the visiting Giants with a 7 to 6 score. Before Luis Garcia could decide on a pitch, the umpire called time, resulting in the uncommon sight of home plate umpire Bob Davidson ejecting a fan from the game.
According to a report from sportswriter Kevin Cooney, the ejected fan was visibly drunk and had managed to heckle the first two Giants' batters without much of an incident other than shouting "You Suck!" The final straw for the umpire was when the heckler made a comment reportedly saying "I own property on 69th street. You could come over and suck!" After this comment, Davidson called time and that resulted in the umpire calling for security to get rid of the fan.
"You could have your wife, girlfriend, kids - they buy tickets. They don't have to come here and listen to that," said Davidson, who has been an umpire since 1982. "And people cheered me, which is unusual in this town for me."
Ejection of spectators, although uncommon on the professional level, do happen if the umpire sees the person as some sort of distraction that disrupts the game. Usually people would see this type of ejection on the recreational level, where sometimes over enthusiastic parents get too involved in the game. However, hecklers usually come from the losing side, not usually from supporters of the winning team.
Although the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants might not be one of the more well-known rivalries, members from these teams have been ejected in the past couple of years for various brawls on the field.