PHILADELPHIA -- A fan attending the game between the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night was asked to leave his seat in the sixth inning, shortly after his verbal confrontation with plate umpire Bob Davidson.
Davidson stopped the game in the middle of an at-bat, walked toward where the fan was sitting and had words with him after the man was yelling loudly in Davidson's direction. Davidson could be heard yelling, "Get that guy out of here."
The man stood and pointed at Davidson and continued to shout as Davidson returned to his duties behind the plate. The fan was sitting 15 rows from the field behind the visitors' dugout.
Shortly after the spat, a Phillies usher approached the fan, who quieted. Later, another Phillies employee approached the man and escorted him out of his seat. A Phillies spokesperson said Davidson complained to team security about the fan's language, and when asked to leave, the fan agreed to do so.
"This guy starts yelling, 'You suck!'" Davidson told a pool reporter after the Phillies' 13-8 win. "You could tell he was [drunk]. And so, all right, suck is not bad."
Davidson said the shouts became a little more descriptive, and "that's when I turned around and said, 'You know what? Get rid of this guy.' You could have your wife, girlfriend, kids. They buy tickets. They don't have to come here to listen to that."
Said Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp: "I started laughing, and Bob said, 'I don't know how long we were going to have to listen to that guy, but I put an end to that.' First time I've seen that happen."
Davidson said his actions drew applause from fans -- something he rarely hears in Philadelphia.
"People cheered me, which is unusual in this town for me," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.