Man what a rough night for Rehak.
Never heard of this ump before, which is usually a good thing. He is a rookie though, so there’s time. I’ll grant him this though, based on his demeanor he doesn’t strike me as the Angel Hernandez type in fairness.
I think he was just scared Monday night.
First he struggles establishing his strike zone while Bumgarner’s pounding the zone relentlessly. Had to miss at least 7 pitches that were clear-as-day strikes.
Then he had Bumgarner slowly losing his mind on the mound with every call he missed. I’d be terrified if that 6’5” good ol’ boy was pissed at me, too.
Though I don’t know that I’d toss Bumgarner after he was already pulled from the start. Which is what Rehak did.
I don’t know why he thought that was a good idea. It’d be one thing if Bumgarner stayed in the dugout and chirped him for another game, but he was JUST walking off the field.
Not sure if I’d say this umpire is thin-skinned, but I will say this was a very thin-skinned move by him. Hopefully someone responsible sits Rehak down and explains how he can be better next time.
Let’s be real though, you know when the umpires got back to the locker room the three base umps were patting Rehak on the back for standing his ground against Bumgarner. I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it.