OMAHA, Neb. -- Chicago Cubs third-base prospect Kris Bryant was ejected from Triple-A Iowa’s game against the Omaha Storm Chasers in the eighth inning on Tuesday night.
Bryant seemed to take issue with a called strike one, eventually striking out swinging. As he started to walk back toward the dugout, home plate umpire Chris Gonzalez threw him out of the game.
After the game, Bryant confirmed he said, “That’s on you” to the umpire before being ejected.
“I didn’t feel like I said anything to warrant that,” Bryant said. “I’m sure there were a couple pitches I could have hit to not get to that point. It was a heat-of-the-moment thing. It happens.”
Iowa manager Marty Pevey also was thrown out in coming to Bryant’s defense. At first he didn’t know that Bryant had been ejected, but as his player walked off the field, he went ballistic.
Pevey and Gonzalez went face-to-face for their argument before both Pevey and Bryant walked to the Cubs clubhouse down the left-field line.
“It was very G-rated, what he said,” Pevey said.
It was Bryant’s first professional ejection. The I-Cubs lost 7-6.