Umpire Laz Diaz has a reputation for taking a tense moment and ratcheting the drama up a few degrees.
So what happened Monday night in Anaheim should have been no surprise.
Shawn Kelley was walking off the field after a rough outing during which he'd walked four hitters, allowing the go-ahead run to score for the Angels. Kelley, heading back to the dugout, was not pleased with Diaz's strike zone.
He mouthed off to Diaz -- as many pitchers do. Diaz reacted by shooing Kelley off the field -- as few umpires would do. Eventually Diaz ejected Kelley, who joined an already-ejected Girardi (rung for arguing balls and strikes following a Brett Gardner at-bat).
Here's video of Kelley's ejection:
And here's Girardi and Gardner on the manager's ejection:
(App users can watch the videos by clicking on the above links)