Press box worker ejected by umpire for playing 'Three Blind Mice'

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Hickory pitcher Andrew Faulkner during baseball action against the Greenjackets Sunday afternoon July 29, 2012.  Michael Holahan/Staff  MICHAEL HOLAHAN
MICHAEL HOLAHAN
Hickory pitcher Andrew Faulkner during baseball action against the Greenjackets Sunday afternoon July 29, 2012. Michael Holahan/Staff

Armies of interns contribute to the daily operations of minor league baseball teams across the country each season. Though the volunteers often gain experience without much attention, one opinionated intern stepped into the spotlight Wednesday by getting ejected from a game.

Derek Dye, an intern for Advanced-A Daytona in the Florida State League, was in charge of playing music over the public address system when the Cubs played host to Fort Myers. After a close call at first base went against the home team, Dye played an organ version of Three Blind Mice and home plate umpire Mario Seneca immediately ejected Dye and shut the public address system down for the night.

Video of the ejection was later posted on the team’s Web site.

“You’re done,” Seneca shouted as he pointed toward the press box and made the ejection. “Turn the sound off for the rest of the night.”

Another team staffer shouted batters’ names the rest of the game, but the music and microphone used by the public address announcer was banned for the night.

REBOUND: After suffering a loss to the Augusta GreenJackets last weekend in front of friends and family at Lake Olmstead Stadium, Hickory Crawdads pitcher Andrew Faulkner bounced back with a quality outing Friday night.

The South Aiken High School graduate threw five innings of relief and allowed just one unearned run on one hit against Greenville. He struck out four and lowered his season ERA to 4.17.

JUST A TASTE: Former USC Aiken star Bill Rice got a peek at a higher level last week with a brief promotion by the Chicago White Sox. Rice was bumped up from Single-A Kannapolis to Advanced-A Winston-Salem last weekend, played four games in the Carolina League and then was sent back down to Kannapolis on Saturday.

Rice went 2 for 13 with Winston-Salem. He posted a .328 batting average in 36 games with Kannapolis this season.

INJURED: Another USC Aiken product will miss some significant in his first year of professional baseball. Stephen Carmon was placed on the disabled list last week by the Eugene Emeralds. The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.) reported that the 22-year-old shortstop could be out until the final week of the regular season.

Carmon had been hitting. 242 through 30 games in the short-season Northwest League.

MARATHON: A pair of Appalachian League teams took two days to complete a game last week and ended after 23 innings.

The Princeton Rays and Pulaski Mariners played to a tie through 17 innings Thursday night before the game was stopped because of a 1 a.m. curfew.

Play resumed Friday and saw six more scoreless innings before Princeton claimed a 12-9 win in the 23rd inning.

The teams combined to use 19 pitchers in a game that lasted seven hours, 48 minutes.

After a 30-minute break, the two teams returned to the field to start Friday’s originally scheduled game.


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