Red Sox have own history with hot-headed umpire Ron Kulpa

Alex Reimer
April 04, 2019 - 2:21 pm

Umpire Ron Kulpa went viral Thursday for jawing with the Astros dugout on at least three occasions and acting like a big jerk. The Red Sox are all too familiar with the veteran official’s unprofessional and combative behavior.

Three years ago, Kulpa ejected both David Ortiz and ex-manager John Farrell during a ninth inning tirade at Yankee Stadium. Kulpa called two questionable strikes on Ortiz in his last at-bat with the Red Sox trailing by one and the bases loaded. The final strike seemed to be well below the strike zone.

Ortiz and Farrell were ejected seconds later, with Kulpa staring down Big Papi.

In the words of NESN broadcaster Dave O’Brien, the episode capped off a horrific night of umpiring for Kulpa.

Kulpa appeared to be just looking for a fight during Astros-Rangers Wednesday, given how he stared into the Houston bench on three separate occasions after calling a low-strike for hurler Mike Minor. Eventually, Kulpa goaded Astros manager A.J. Hinch into an ejection, saying he could do whatever he wants.

Later in the game, Kulpa made physical contact with Houston’s catcher and interrupted Gerrit Cole’s warmup tosses.

This kind of confrontational behavior from umpires shouldn’t be tolerated, especially if it fits into a pattern. MLB must reprimand these egotists and put them in their place. 

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