DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (The Blaze/AP) — The music stopped at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach after a minor league umpire ejected the music DJ for playing “Three Blind Mice” during the game.
The ejection came in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game between the Daytona Cubs and the Fort Myers Miracle.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/NLccRv ) reports Cubs manager Brian Harper was arguing a call at first base when he heard home plate umpire Mario Seneca bellow “you’re out.”
Harper says he thought he was being kicked out of the game. Instead, the umpire ejected the music man, intern Derek Dye.
The public address system at the stadium was shut down for the rest of the game. The newspaper reports fans took it upon themselves to announce players as they approached the plate. And the Cubs said as much on their Facebook page:
We’ve just entered the twilight zone at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Our music man, Derek Dye, has been EJECTED from tonight’s game. The umpire, Mario Seneca, was apparently not happy when Derek played “Three Blind Mice” after a questionable call. With no music system, a fan has stepped up to call out player introductions from the stands.
BaseballAmerica.com points out that Dye isn’t the first PA worker to get thrown out of a game. Organist Lambert Bartak was thrown out of a minor league game in 1988 for playing the theme song to the “Mickey Mouse Club.” And in 1985, another organist named Wilbur Snapp was thrown out of a game for also playing “Three Blind Mice.”
By the way, the Cubs won Wednesday’s game 2-1.