Detroit — Fans begged to see Brad Ausmus get mad. Just once.
Well, there ya go.
Ausmus got ejected in the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park, then proceeded to put on a display that had the fans roaring in approval.
Nick Castellanos was called out on strikes by plate umpire Doug Eddings. After some gestures from the dugout, Ausmus was tossed.
But it didn’t end there.
After a lengthy screaming match, Ausmus went over to home plate and kicked dirt on the inside corner.
For good measure, Ausmus then ripped off his navy blue sweatshirt and covered home plate with it before getting off one last hand gesture.
Eddings wouldn’t move until the bat boy came out and removed the sweatshirt.
Ausmus has seemed on edge lately, as the Tigers entered the game having lost 11 of 13. During a pregame media session, he twice snapped when asked about his job security.
Then, after the Tigers jumped out to an 8-0 first-inning lead, the Twins came back to make it 8-7 after the top of the fourth inning.
It was Ausmus’ ninth ejection in his third season as a manager, his second this season.