By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Derek Dye is spending the summer before his senior year at the University of Illinois interning for the Daytona Cubs. If an internship is supposed to offer you real world experience, Dye’s experience on Wednesday night was proof.
Dye was being given the chance to run the organ music during Wednesday night’s game. There was a questionable call at first base. “Looked like our first baseman caught it, and then lost it on the transfer. So you figure the call would be out,” Dye told 94WIP’s Marc Farzetta.
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So Dye thought he’d have a little fun. “I played “Three Blind Mice,” knew organ tone, no lyrics, just the organ,” he said. “And then, within about four or five seconds of the song playing, the home plate umpire looks up, yells as loud as he can, ‘you’re gone!’” The home plate umpire had tossed Dye from the game.
“He’s in here a lot. He knows what music we play. He points directly at me, throws me out of the game,” he said. “I took my hat off, scratched my head, I couldn’t believe he was talking to me. Not the manager, the guy arguing the call, the guy pressing the button on the music.”
“Interns getting ejected has got to be a first,” Dye said.