Jul 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Athletics second baseman Nick Punto (1) and Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin (6) argue with home plate umpire James Hoye after Punto struck out for the final out of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated Oakland 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Rodney poses, Nick Punto throws his helmet after game ending strikeout (GIF)


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Friday night’s super-intense Mariners-A’s game ended when Seattle’s Fernando Rodney struck out Oakland’s Nick Punto. The two players’ differing reactions say all you need to know about how that final moment went.

Fernando Rodney: Happy. Nick Punto: Not happy.

Rodney whips out the WWE pose while Punto tries to crack the earth’s crust with his helmet. Even though the game was already over because Rodney just ended it by striking out Punto, the umpire still ejected Nick Punto and manager Bob Melvin.

That’s how powerful umpires are. They can eject people from games that aren’t even going on anymore.

Punto probably had a point about that pitch being a little high, but throwing your helmet down hard enough to almost shatter it probably isn’t the best way to get that point across.

Fernando Rodney couldn’t care less. He’s too busy styling and profiling. Think the Mariners enjoyed getting over on Jeff Samardzija and the A’s? I hope the Mariners find themselves another bat and make a three-team race of it in the AL West.

A three team dogfight in the AL West between the A’s, Angels and Mariners, with all their star power, would be insanely awesome.

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