Baseball is not officially back until people start complaining about Angel Hernandez.
The much-maligned umpire was behind the plate on Sunday for the St. Louis Cardinals-Washington Nationals spring training game — the first day of games across baseball — and already he was hearing it about his strike zone.
In the first inning, Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty threw a 1-1 pitch to new Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell that appeared to cross the knees for a strike.
There was an audible groan from the crowd and dugout as the Cardinals strongly felt they got pinched on that call.
The announcers wasted no time in taking a shot at Hernandez.
“Angel Hernandez is in mid-season form,” play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin said.
“Let’s not make this game too fast, Angel,” color commentator and former Cardinals great Jim Edmonds followed.
Naturally, Hernandez began trending on Twitter after the roasting from the Cardinals broadcast booth.