Umpire Todd Tichenor, fresh up from the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, make quite a name for himself behind the plate yesterday during the Red Sox-Twins game.
In the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory for Boston, Dustin Pedroia hit a sac fly that brought Jeff Bailey home, and Minnesota catcher Mike Redmond applied the tag (a tag he thought he beat Bailey on). Tichenor called him safe, causing a Redmond to protest.
Tichenor tossed him.
Then Twins manager Ron Gardenhire came out to defend his catcher and was also tossed.
But the young umpire wasn't done. In the bottom of the inning, Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek protested a pitch thrown with Tichenor and was also tossed.
Out comes Red Sox Manager Terry Francona - who's not known for his emotional outbursts - came out of the dugout and was shown the door.
Final line - Nine innings, four tossed. Wow.
But hey! Varitek hit two home runs and the Red Sox are 28-20 and in first place of the AL East.