He put on quite a performance. Finally.
Earlier this week against the Detroit Tigers when the second- and third-base umpires missed a call that would have resulted in a double play and looked at each other like they were clueless, Showalter protested and yelled a little, but he didn't cross the line to get tossed.
We pointed out that Earl Weaver would have gone ballistic and kicked dirt or thrown a base or two. He most certainly would have gotten himself tossed over the umpires' ineptitude.
Last night, Chris Davis swung and missed on strike three, and as the ball got past the catcher, Davis took off for first base. He would have likely beaten the throw to first.
Umpire Angel Hernandez, who seems to always be involved in controversial plays -- and usually wrong -- called the play dead as a foul tip. Replays showed Davis missed the ball.
But Davis stopped running when Hernandez called the play dead, taking away his chance to make it to first base. After conferring, the umps ruled no foul tip and called Davis out.
Showalter wanted them to reconvene, saying Davis should have been safe at first because he ran after a missed third strike.
Showalter did a great job lighting up Hernandez. Then for extra points, Showalter gestured toward the other umpires as if ejecting them.
After the game, Showalter said: "Two wrongs don't make a right."
The fiery performance by Showalter on Friday night is something we've been waiting to see.
Weaver was definitely looking down and smiling.