Nationals manager Dave Martinez was ejected in the middle of the seventh inning of World Series Game 6. Martinez had to be restrained by a Nationals assistant as he charged after the umpire prior to the bottom of the seventh.
The play that Martinez was arguing involved Trea Turner who was called out for impeding the first baseman from catching the ball. The umpires went to the headset to confirm that the play was not reviewable since it was a judgment call.
Martinez was not thrown out of the game when he initially went out to argue the call. Things escalated after the Nationals’ third out as Martinez went back out to argue with the umpire once again. The Nationals still managed to score two runs in the inning after Turner was ruled out.
It was not an ideal situation for the manager who had a heart procedure earlier this season. After the procedure took place, Martinez admitted to being “scared” about his health.
“I was scared,” Martinez told the Washington Times. “I can tell you that. When I started getting those chest pains, I didn’t know what it was. I never experienced anything like that before. I keep myself in good health. It was scary. I wanted to leave the hospital right away.”
Here is a look at the call that prompted the dispute between Martinez and the officials.
Martinez Opted Not to Criticize the Officiating After Game 5
The Nationals also appeared to be on the wrong side of a few calls in Game 5. After the game, Martinez was asked about the officiating, but the manager opted not to criticize the umpire.
“I will not ever sit here and criticize an umpire,” Martinez said, per CBS Sports. “I’ve known Lance for a very long time and he’s really good. And that’s all I’m going to say about it. I’m not going to sit here — I know there were some choice words but that’s just in the heat of the moment.”
ESPN’s Jeff Passan offered his analysis of the latest controversy by emphasizing that it was a poor throw.
“Here’s the biggest problem with that call: If Brad Peacock doesn’t make a bad throw to first base, Yuli Gurriel isn’t stretched into the baseline. If he’s not stretched into the baseline, Trea Turner doesn’t run into him. So … you penalize Turner for a crap Peacock throw? Huh?” Passan tweeted.
Martinez Had a Cardiac Catheterization in September
Just last month Martinez had a cardiac catheterization after having chest pain. Yahoo Sports detailed Martinez’s procedure that occurred just over a month ago.
A cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic procedure that involves threading a catheter through a vein or artery from the groin, arm or neck into the patient’s heart to probe for heart problems.
The good news for Martinez and the Nationals is the team was able to force a Game 7 after a big road win.