Cincinnati Reds pitcher Graham Ashcraft was not happy to find out that a new MLB rule that prohibits players from wearing any hand attachments also applies to his wedding ring.
During Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, a foreign substance inspection in the first inning saw an umpire force Ashcraft to remove his rubber wedding ring from under his glove.
Ashcraft was incredulous at the request, asking the umpire when the new rule was introduced.
MLB starts enforcing new rule
Major League Baseball issued an advisory earlier this week to inform teams it would be enforcing the new rule.
In his postgame interview, Ashcraft explained the situation with the umpire, making clear he had no idea that the MLB had enforced a new rule.
“He goes, ‘you have to take your ring off,'” Ashcraft said. “I was like, ‘no, why do I have to take my ring off? I shouldn’t have to.’ Apparently, it’s some new rule they came up with yesterday.”
Graham Ashcraft finds a loophole
Ashcraft was not going to pitch without his wedding ring and found a loophole to keep his prized possession on him during the game.
The pitcher hung his wedding ring around a necklace but unfortunately the game did not go his way.
Ashcraft, 24, allowed eight hits and a season-high six runs in Cincinnati’s 7-3 loss to Milwaukee.