Lugo had been shouting "Check! Check!" from his shortstop position, indicating he wanted help from Hernandez on the pitch. After Hernandez ruled that Ibanez had held up, Lugo said the umpire was staring at him. When Lugo asked what he was staring at, Hernandez ejected him.McAdam offers a possible back story:
In April of 2007, with the Sox playing the Orioles in Baltimore, Lugo asked for time to step out of the batter's box. The request, routinely granted by umpires in almost every circumstance ... was denied by Hernandez, the home-plate umpire at the time, and a pitch by Daniel Cabrera called a strike.Art Martone wonders:
At the time, Lugo said of Hernandez: "He's just hard to talk to. Personally, that guy, there's something wrong with him."
[I]t couldn't be that Hernandez still remembers that. Could it?***
Art also notes a John Sterling blunder over the weekend, adding:
[W]hen he begins trotting out his catch phrases ("Robbie Cano! Doncha know!") for the wrong guy, it sort of like setting off fireworks at the wrong time. All you can do is laugh.