Can you say, “Asking for trouble?”
After a close eighth-inning call at first base went against the hometown Daytona Cubs, a Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, Dye queued up an instrumental version of “Three Blind Mice,” the nursery rhyme about a triumvirate of visually challenged rodents and their run-in with a farmer’s wife. Home plate umpire Mario Seneca did not take kindly to the choice and gave Dye an oral heave-ho, along with the team’s public address announcer.
“It was the first time we’ve ever played it,” he said, “and within about three or four seconds, the home plate umpire looks at me, points directly at me and yells, ‘You’re gone,’ as loud as he can.
It is one thing for fans to question the umpire.
It’s quite another for a team employee in the press box to do so.
(The story goes on to point out this has happened before in the Bigs, to the Phillies organist in the old Vet, almost 30 years ago.)