Baseball is back! Dingers, strikeouts, big hits, diving shots … they are all back! Unfortunately, the same goes for the referees who play the game themselves.
There is no need for that. Not only was it a terrible call from Kulpa, but his subsequent behavior is ridiculous. AJ Hinch was obviously doing her best to calm things down, and Kulpa did not succeed at all in this effort.
You can hear Hinch say "there is nothing to see here", referring to Kulpa's constant observation in the Astros canoe.
A hissing Houston bench causes coach-striker Alex Cintron to be ejected by referee Ron Kulpa. After the next throw, Kulpa throws Hinch. The astros arrive unstuck?
– Gerry Fraley (@gfraley) April 4, 2019
There was no reason for Kulpa to be so confrontational and Hinch and Alex Cintron (who never even left the boat) suffered.