Chicago Cubs: Angel Hernandez did not just make the fans upset at Wrigley Field, he was called out by a former Chicago Bears great.
August 7, 2001. In a game against the Colorado Rockies (which ended in CRAZY fashion) the Cubs had former Bears Pro Bowl defensive lineman Steve “Mongo” McMichael sing the seventh-inning stretch. McMichael was a popular guy among Chicago sports fans as he was part of the 1985 Super Bowl-winning team. A man who was not so popular in the building that night was home plate umpire Angel Hernandez.
It’s no surprise fans would not be showering an umpire with roses, but tension grew when McMichael took the mic during the stretch. Before he sang he let Hernandez, who was standing behind home plate looking up toward the press box, hear it.
"“And don’t worry I’ll have some speaks with that homeplate umpire after the game….boo!…”"
It was believed that Hernandez had McMichael ejected from Wrigley Field. However, Hernandez said that while McMichael was indeed ejected it was not him who did it. Crew chief Randy Marsh, who was over at first that evening, was the one who ordered McMichael out of the park and notified security. According to the Chicago Tribune‘s Mark Gonzales, team president Andy MacPhail later apologized to the umpires for the incident.
Nevertheless, this was still a fun night for the fans and the legend of McMichael in Chicago grew even bigger.