By: Michael Lemaire
The college baseball season hasn’t even reach its halfway point yet, but losing 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning of its rubber match with Maryland, North Carolina looked lifeless. So pitching coach Scott Forbes took matters into his own hands and showed both teams and the 557 fans in attendance, just how much yesterday’s game meant to the Tar Heels.
Upset with home plate umpire Phillip Talent’s rather generous strike zone, Forbes started hollering at Talent from the first base coaching box after shortstop Ryan Graepel struck out looking on an outside pitch for the second out. Talent remained nonplussed. Unfazed, Forbes decided to make first base umpire Raymond Green the target of his ire. Green wasted no time tossing Forbes, and the Tar Heels’ pitching coach was escorted from the field. But not before both he and head coach Mike Fox gave all three umpires their two cents.