Mets third baseman Todd Frazier rounded third base Thursday at Citi Field after hitting a walk-off homer and found a strange obstacle in his way at home plate -- the umpire.
Home plate ump Tom Hallion was standing directly on top of the plate as Frazier came through, with Frazier bumping him out of the way before turning his head and appearing to say something to Hallion.
It's normal protocol for the home plate ump to make sure a player crosses the plate on a game-winning hit, but not normal for that ump to stand on top of the plate like this...
Frazier has had a colorful season with the umps.
On the Mets' last road trip, Frazier pulled a hidden ball trick when he dove into the stands. He didn't actually catch the ball, but duped the umps into thinking he did -- and bragged about it after.
In May, Frazier went off on umpires in general, saying "there's no accountability."
It's also not lost on us that Hallion was the umpire who was the calming influence during the now-infamous "ass in the jackpot" scene at Citi Field involving Terry Collins, Noah Syndergaard, and Chase Utley.