Veteran MLB umpire Dan Bellino clearly has a grudge against Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner, because the confrontation he two had on Wednesday was like something we’ve never seen before.
After arguing some balls and strikes during the inning, an already-heated Bumgarner went over to Bellino for his substance check.
When Dan Bellino spent an awkward amount of time starring down Madison Bumgarner while checking his hand, the veteran left-hander lost his mind.
Madison Bumgarner Had to be Restrained After Getting Hand Checked for Sticky Stuff https://t.co/XyXGtFGCvp
— SideAction (@SideActionHQ) May 4, 2022
After the encounter with Madison Bumgarner, Dan Bellino was getting ridiculed all over social media.
“Here you see Bellino, not even looking down at his hands. He’s just waiting. He keeps waiting, looking for Bumgarner to look up, and then when they make that eye contact…”
— Welcome to the Ump Show (@umpjob) May 4, 2022
Umpire Dan Bellino and Madison Bumgarner had a special moment today pic.twitter.com/50rYgEREpV
— MyBookie – Bet With The Best (@MyBookie) May 4, 2022
Bellino with two egregious acts. One the stare, two forcing me to side with Bumgarner
— Dominic Silva (@BmoreFriarFan) May 4, 2022
— cairn noble (@cairnonoble) May 5, 2022
This is called bating and it shouldn’t be allowed in our game! Take a hike Dan Bellino https://t.co/wVORsRuiYH
— Steven Souza (@SouzaJr) May 4, 2022
Dan Bellino checking Bumgarner for foreign substances pic.twitter.com/X1gJdmPzmj
— Emily Nyman (@EmSheDoesIt) May 4, 2022
Dan Bellino vs. Madison Bumgarner set to George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” 🎶 🎶 pic.twitter.com/WrzEug6qCO
— Ben Heisler (@bennyheis) May 4, 2022
Bumgarner said “Take your F’in time” to the umpire and got tossed. 😂 Watch the umpire not even look at his hands and just stare at MadBum… he knew exactly what he was doing. Bellino has always been a hardo. He was mad bc Bumgarner was arguing balls and strikes. This is tired. https://t.co/f1JcB6TndZ
— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) May 4, 2022
Madison Bumgarner took the high road when speaking on his encounter with Dan Bellino after the game.
“You guys have seen the video,” Bumgarner said to ESPN. “I don’t know if I could say anything that would make the situation better. What I am going to say is I’m extremely proud of our team, coming back. Obviously, I didn’t go into the game with the intention of throwing one inning. Everyone picked me up today.”
The umpire was also quoted saying he was just doing a ‘hand check’. But after looking at the video, it’s easy to see that Bellino is lying through his teeth.
“I wouldn’t say he took exception to it. It was just a hand check,” Bellino said.
Luckily for Madison Bumgarner, his Diamondbacks would come back to win the game 8-7.
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