The incident occurred after a third strike was called on a low and outside pitch to Drew Haynes in the sixth inning.
The observer recalls feeling concern for McDonnell, with two of the umpires getting closer to the Louisville coach than they needed to be. They didn’t touch him or say anything but the manner in which they approached him was clearly intimidating.
McDonnell made his point and returned to the dugout. But someone in the umpiring crew said something, and the U of L coach came dashing back out, clearly a response to an offending comment.Â One of the umpires just could not resist getting in one more jab.
At one point, McDonnell may have brushed into the chest of the offending umpire. That’s as far as it went, and the penalty is a gross over-reaction. The U of L coach, while a fiery advocate for his team, is a man who recognizes his boundaries.
“It’s my job as head coach to set the standard for excellence in everything we do in our program,” McDonnell said in a statement. “I let the emotion of the situation get the best of me, and for that, I apologize to everyone in the Louisville baseball family.”
Not necessary, coach.