Bonifacio to apologize
Given a night to simmer down, Emilio Bonifacio said on Saturday that he plans to apologize to umpire Ed Rapuano.
In the heat of the moment on Friday night, Bonifacio slammed his helmet beyond first base in the ninth inning after Rapuano called him out on a close call.
Leading off the inning, Bonifacio hit the ball hard, and first baseman James Loney made a nice diving stop. Loney flipped to pitcher Jonathan Broxton, who was covering first. TV replays seemed to show Bonifacio’s foot touched the base first, although it was very close.
In disgust, Bonifacio spiked his helmet, drawing an equipment fine.
“I’m going to tell him I’m sorry,” Bonifacio said before Saturday’s game.
After seeing the replay, Bonifacio says he felt he was safe.
The Marlins lost 6-4 on Friday, and had Bonifacio been ruled safe, it may have changed the outcome. Broxton walked Chris Coghlan and Hanley Ramirez, putting the tying runs on base with no outs. Yet, the Dodgers closer was able to seal the victory.
“We had two runners on,” Bonifacio said. “It was frustrating.”
Bonifacio says he has never thrown his helmet like that before.
What disturbed manager Fredi Gonzalez is a fan threw a big cup, filled with a drink, onto the field. The cup landed near first base.
“That, for me, shouldn’t happen,” Gonzalez said. “You have a chance to hurt someone.”
— Joe Frisaro