Seattle Mariners left-hander Robbie Ray and right-hander Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Weaver were both eliminated before Sunday’s game after a lengthy standoff after the national anthem was played.
Ray and Weaver, who used to be teammates with the Arizona Diamondbacks, played some theatrics as both refused to return to their dugouts after the anthem was played. Their chicken game resulted in teammates toweling them off and bringing water. The dead end delayed the day’s first pitch by several minutes and was caught on camera. Click the play button below and enjoy:
As you can see, the refereeing crew became impatient with Ray and Weaver’s civil disobedience, demanding that they stop idling and leave the field so the competition could begin. Apparently, Ray and Weaver disagreed for too long, resulting in both being eliminated from the game.
The announcement has just been made in the press box. Mariners starter Robbie Ray and Royals pitcher Luke Weaver were sent off prior to today’s game.
— Lynn Worthy (@LWorthySports) September 25, 2022
For those wondering, Ray was the “winner”, a fact the Mariners noted on their official Twitter account. Let’s take a look:
Ray, for his part, was not supposed to participate in Sunday’s game despite his ejection. Instead, the Mariners will release right-hander Luis Castillo.. Ray last performed on Wednesday, which put him in line to reappear on Tuesday. The Mariners have Monday off before kicking off their home series against the Texas Rangers.
Meanwhile, Weaver hasn’t performed since last Sunday. Considering he’s the only Royals reliever not to appear in a game this week – a development that likely has as much to do with his under-average performance this season as it does with anything else – it’s reasonable to think he may have been in line. for action at some point on Sunday. Well.