WASHINGTON -- Concluding the Giants' visit to the nation's capital by exercising their freedom of speech, veteran right-handers Tim Hudson and Jake Peavy were ejected during the third inning of Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals.
Hudson insisted that Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg wasn't pausing in a set position when he was throwing out of the stretch with men on base, as pitchers are required to do.
"He almost stops," Hudson said playfully after the Giants' 14-6 loss.
From his perch in the Giants' dugout, Hudson shared his opinion with third-base umpire Paul Emmel, who soon ejected him.
"I don't even know how he heard me," Hudson said.
Emmel then tossed Peavy, who said that his primary transgression was agreeing with Hudson.
"We felt [Strasburg] wasn't coming to a complete stop," Peavy said. "It wasn't much other than that."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.