A Lakeland man was arrested Friday for punching a little league baseball umpire in the face, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Alberto Escartin Ramos, 22, was attending a nephew’s baseball game at the Lakeland Highlands Babe Ruth Baseball fields when a disagreement with an umpire’s call turned physical.
According to the arrest report, Ramos disagreed with a call the umpire made, so after the game, he met the man at the park’s clubhouse to complain.
Ramos began screaming at the umpire, at which point he was asked to leave the ballpark, our NBC affiliate WFLA reported. Ramos responded by yelling that he would “kick his a–,” then punched the umpire in the face.
The punch cut the umpire’s lip and broke one of his teeth, the report said.
Deputies arrested Ramos on one count of felony battery of a sports official.