Street can laugh now about ejection
rockies closer was tossed in minors
When ace reliever Huston Street returned to Coors Field after his rehab stay in Colorado Springs, a crowd of Colorado Rockies gathered to ask a pressing question:
How, his teammates asked, did you get ejected from a minor league game when you weren’t even pitching in the ninth inning?
The 26-year-old Austinite can laugh it off now that he’s shaken off injuries and is back in the big leagues, saving games for a team in hot pursuit of first place.
“We had a big sit-down, a powwow of about 15 guys,” Street said. “They all wanted to know.”
On June 19, Street was pitching for Colorado Springs against Las Vegas. He was finishing his rehab assignment and finally feeling free of pain in his shoulder and groin.
He thought he was throwing strikes. The home-plate umpire, Matt Schaufert, disagreed. Street launched what he believed were pitches in the strike zone, but Schaufert called balls.
Street protested, and Schaufert, according to Street, demanded he keep his thoughts to himself. Street declined. “I’ll tell you what,” Street said, “I was sticking up for my principles. I felt like that I should be able to tell somebody that I think they’re wrong and as long as I don’t cuss at them, they shouldn’t kick me out of the game.”
Schaufert didn’t agree. After a spirited discussion following the top of the eighth inning, the umpire booted Street.
A few minutes later, Street encountered his wife, Lacey, and faced a challenge most men can relate to.
He started to explain his misdeeds to his bride.
But Lacey didn’t care about the ejection.
“She understood,” Street said. “She’s a competitor, too.”
Now he’s back to what he does best: Closing out victories in the ninth inning.
“When you’re out there, you’re so focused and you’re thinking about a million things a minute,” he said. “One pitch, one inch can make so much difference. Afterward, that’s when you get the kick. That’s when you realize, ‘Man, that’s a lot of fun.’”
Huston Street had words with umpire during minor league rehab stint.