Torey Lovullo breaks down his ejection, hat slam

May 31, 2014 - 3:23 pm
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If the Red Sox' four ejections on Friday had been judged based on artistic merit, there would have been no competition at all. Bench coach Torey Lovullo's egress following the non-ejection of Rays left-hander David Price (after he hit Mike Carp with a pitch) would have been a landslide winner, immune even to Olympian judicial corruption. Lovullo delivered an impressive cap slam at home plate in a demonstrative exchange with home plate ump Dan Bellino, who had made the decision not to eject Price. Lovullo said that the maneuver was one that he had employed and developed earlier in his career for very pragmatic reasons. "I managed in the minor leagues for nine years. You see a lot of stuff and get frustrated, so I think I've probably gone there before. I just can't remember when and where," said Lovullo. "I wanted to get rid of the bill. I was really upset. Usually if you have a little contact it creates a little bit more of a fine. In the minor leagues, when you get 100 extra dollars for making contact with the ump, it kind of hits you. It hurts. So you just learn to get rid of the hat." However, the technique employed by Lovullo was secondary to the motivation for his first career ejection as a member of a major league coaching staff. The day after, the Red Sox bench coach remained dismayed with how Friday night's game had been policed. "There's no mystery to it. You see that we're all frustrated. My feelings were not exempt from that. I feel the same way that everybody else did," said Lovullo. "I was just really disappointed. I wasn't getting an explanation. I wasn't given a clear explanation as to why he wasn't ejected. I just didn't think it was run the right way and he wasn't giving me an explanation. That's what I was asking for. "I will say this. While our guys were out there with a lot of intensity, it didn't seem like their guys were as into it," Lovullo added of the dust-ups between the two teams. "I feel like we might have been a little bit more aggressive but I feel like it was warranted. I think things weren't handled the right way. We were extremely frustrated. So yeah, it bubbled over at me and [third base coach and third string manager Brian Butterfield], and one by one, we're turning in our jerseys and walking into John's office." Though Lovullo was reduced to the role of clubhouse spectator following his fourth-inning ejection, he did find a way to use the time productively. "I went into [manager John Farrell's office]. We had a couple baseball discussions about what happened, just wanted to get a better understanding of what was said, what happened and in what order. And then I thought I would take the opportunity to go up and watch how the replay situation is run here," said Lovullo, who is in charge during games (in which he is not ejected) of communicating with Red Sox video coordinator Billy Broadbent about whether or not to challenge the call on a given play. "So I spent running two innings of the game with the replay person so I could understand what he's doing pitch by pitch or if there's a challenge or a call made, what he watches. So I sat up there for two innings and then Butter joined us and there you have it. All of us were watching the game together. "That's how it is. That's how baseball is. We're a team. We love one another in here. And that's how we all reacted because of that," said Lovullo. "It was a frustrating day. No doubt about it. I'm just glad we won."

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