Phillies Broadcaster Trolls Yankees’ Aaron Boone After Umpire Ejection Incident

The Phillies announcing crew had some fun on Monday.
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Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt’s erroneous ejection of New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was the call heard ‘round the world as fans expressed their disbelief—and wry sense of humor—at the officiating debacle. The Philadelphia Phillies broadcast crew, too, had a little fun at Boone’s expense. 

In Philadelphia’s 7-0 win against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, Phillies announcers Tom McCarthy and Ben Davis exploited a poor call from the ump to take a subtle dig at Boone’s ejection.

With the Phillies up 4-0 at the top of the sixth, Reds righty Hunter Greene threw a pitch that was called a ball despite home fans’ protests at Great American Ball Park.

“There was a murmur from the crowd, David [Bell] may have murmured a little bit too,” McCarthy said. “Now if he did murmur, or if he didn’t, a fan may have murmured behind him, which we have seen could be costly to managers around baseball.”

Earlier on Monday, Boone was thrown out of the Yankees’ 2-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics by mistake after the umpire thought Boone heckled him. It turned out a fan sitting behind the Yankees dugout had shouted the comment instead.

One team’s misfortune just happens to be another team’s treasure chest for quality trolling commentary.

Kristen Wong


Kristen Wong is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. She has been a sports journalist since 2020. Before joining SI, Kristen covered four NFL teams as an associate editor with the FanSided NFL Network and worked as a staff writer for the brand’s flagship site. She has written about soccer, the NFL, NBA, and MLB since 2020, and outside of work, has dreams of running her own sporty dive bar.