Nationals rookie Juan Soto was just trying to help.
Home plate umpire Greg Gibson wasn’t looking for any assistance though so he kindly rejected Soto’s commentary and ejected the 19-year-old from Washington’s 8-3 loss to the Braves.
Again though, Soto was just attempting to help Gibson be better. After the teenager was called out on strikes in his fourth inning at-bat, he came to the plate in the sixth with something to say.
He told Gibson the pitch he was called out on was inside.
Gibson disagreed and promptly showed Soto the door.
You can read the Greg Gibson’s lips on why he ejected Soto: “He walked right up here and told me the ball was inside the last at-bat.” They don’t like when rookies do that. Veterans can get away with it. pic.twitter.com/pM96XZdOZO
— Jason Foster (@ByJasonFoster) August 9, 2018
Soto explained the exchange after the game telling MLB.com he wanted to “make sure he can understand and be better.”
Juan Soto said tonight was the first time in his life he has ever been ejected.
He said he told the umpire the pitch in his last at-bat was a ball to “make sure he can understand and be better”
— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) August 9, 2018
Gibson may not have understood Soto’s goal, but the Dominican fully understood what the home plate umpire meant with his response.
This is the first time Soto has ever been ejected from a game at any level.
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