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Funny anthem standoff goes sideways when Mariners’ Robbie Ray, Royals’ Luke Weaver ejected for antics

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The light-hearted standoff between former teammates before the game escalated sharply on Sunday at Kaufman Stadium when they were both sent off before the first innings. Seattle Mariners pitcher Robbie Ray won a showdown with Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Weaver.

Ray and Weaver were teammates with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019 and part of 2020. After the national anthem was played, they both remained on the field with their hats pressed to their hearts, unwilling to give in. Weaver looked like he was about to fall asleep, his head cocked to one side. Relevant teammates brought water, sweat towels and Theragun for massages as the standoff continued. according to MLB.com.

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Obviously, this caused a delay, and the judging panel was unhappy. As the first pitch approached, the group gathered together at the home court for the usual exchange of lineup cards. Teams took the diamond ready to start the game and Royals starter Max Castillo was ready to mound.

Still, Weaver and Ray didn’t move. Home court umpire Adrian Johnson ran up to them and seemed to wave them off. He became more pugnacious and told Weaver to leave the battlefield. The time for the first serve was already three minutes before.

Weaver did move first, drawing applause from the Mariners’ dugout for their mini-victory. Except that Johnson actually kicked them out for delaying the game. It doesn’t seem like a win at all.

The Royals led 2-1 for three innings before both teams turned it into a football score. The Mariners scored eight in the fifth and two in the sixth. The Royals responded with an 11-run sixth inning to end up winning 13–12.

Ray is 12-10 in 2022 with a 3.6 ERA and last pitched on Wednesday. Weaver has a 6.43 ERA in 11 games since being traded to the Diamondbacks in July by the Royals. He was unavailable on Saturday, and hasn’t served since a week ago.

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Robbie Ray sits in a dugout after being pulled from a game before the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, September 9, 2022, in Seattle.  The Braves won 6-4.  (AP Photo/Kean Couto)
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Robbie Ray sits in a dugout after being pulled from a game before the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, September 9, 2022, in Seattle. The Braves won 6-4. (AP Photo/Kean Couto)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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