What was Young thinking?
And for that, Hirschbeck ejected Alomar, on the last Friday of the regular season, with the Orioles still fighting for a playoff spot. Baltimore manager Davey Johnson came out and stood in between Alomar and the ump, and it appeared, from a distance and without benefit of a replay, that Alomar simply cussed at Hirschbeck.
About the third inning or so, there was some rumbling -- I can't remember where it came from -- within the press box that Alomar may have sprayed Hirschbeck. In between half-innings, I went upstairs to the Orioles' broadcast booth and asked Mike Flanagan, who was doing color, if he had seen anything. They ran back a replay, and boom, there it was: Alomar flat-out spitting in Hirschbeck's face. The immediate thought was What in the world was he thinking?
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