It’s Spring Training for everyone, as they say.
And they did say it today, as home plate umpire John Libka enthusiastically rang up Astros outfield prospect Kyle Tucker on a nasty pitch from Marlins sidearmer Brad Ziegler.
Except, well, that was strike two:
I like Tucker’s polite demeanor there. “Um, sir … are you, uh, sure that was the third one?”
As the broadcasters note, the move was reminiscent of the famous umpiring scene from ‘The Naked Gun,’ when Lt. Frank Drebben – aka Enrico Pallazzo – gets really into his undercover role as the home plate umpire. It’s a classic scene if you haven’t seen it: