Mariners fan sends Jesse Winker pizza in clubhouse after ejection

Jun 26, 2022, 4:00 PM | Updated: 7:14 pm

Mariners Jesse Winker...

Mariners LF Jesse Winker approaches the Angels' Anthony Rendon after he was hit by a pitch Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Tensions ran high for the Mariners in their game Sunday against the Angels, but an M’s fan had an ingenious idea to cheer up one of Seattle’s players that was ejected due to an on-field fracas.

Mariners, Angels get in major brawl; eight ejected

Left fielder Jesse Winker was one of six players and eight people total handed an ejection on Sunday for the part he played in a benches-clearing brawl in the second inning. Winker was hit on the hip by a pitch by Angels reliever Andrew Wantz, which came after Wantz sailed a pitch in the first inning near Mariners phenom Julio Rodríguez’s head. Winker subsequently approached the Angels’ dugout and engaged with members of the opposing squad during the brawl.

It was clear there was intention behind Wantz’s pitches. Angels superstar Mike Trout was unhappy Saturday night after a pitch from Mariners reliever Erik Swanson came near his head and said as much after the game. Then interim Angels manager Phil Nevin made a late change to his scheduled starter Sunday, pushing José Suarez back and going with Wantz as an opener. It was so obvious that something could happen Sunday that the specter of on-field fireworks was the subject of the daily roundtable segment of the Mariners pregame show Sunday on Seattle Sports.

Since Winker was a major player in the brawl, it was no surprise that he was one of the players to receive an ejection.

Enter Mariners fan Sofie, who uses the handle @sofieballgame on Twitter.

In a scene that would be right at home in a sequel to the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” – which fittingly was set in Southern California – Sofie ordered a pizza from Mountain Mike’s Pizza on Doordash and had it sent to Winker in the Mariners’ clubhouse. And yes, Winker actually got it thanks to the efforts of Doordash delivery person Simranjeet.

Sofie provided updates throughout the process.

In a particularly heads-up move, Sofie tagged the Mariners’ Twitter account in the hopes that someone on the social media team could help Simranjeet get the pizza inside the gates of Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

And finally, Winker confirmed that the pizza had reached its destination, sending Sofie a direct message from his Instagram account.

The pizza, by the way? Pepperoni, of course.

Following Sunday’s 2-1 loss, the Mariners headed home to begin a series against the Baltimore Orioles at 7:10 p.m. Monday night on Seattle Sports.

What They Said: M’s, Angels, umpire on Sunday’s brawl

Team: mariners
Date Starting Pitcher
Wednesday, May 31 @ 6:40 pm Yankees' Clarke Schmidt RHP vs. Mariners' George Kirby RHP

Mariners Roof Report

Brought to you by
High 67° | Low 46°
No game today.

Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners...

Brent Stecker

ESPN’s Kurkjian expects Mariners to be ‘aggressive’ in trades, but there’s a catch

ESPN MLB insider Tim Kurkjian explained to Seattle Sports' Bump and Stacy what he expects the Seattle Mariners to encounter at the MLB trade deadline.

19 hours ago

Seattle Mariners Aaron Judge...

The Associated Press

Mariners fall to Yankees 10-2 as Aaron Judge hits 18th homer

Aaron Judge homered for the third time in two games, and the New York Yankees stretched their winning streak to four with a 10-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

2 days ago

Seattle Mariners Julio Rodríguez...

Brent Stecker

Mariners Notebook: Julio wins Player of the Week; Kelenic sits

A look at the latest on the Seattle Mariners, including Julio Rodríguez's second Player of the Week award, Jarred Kelenic sitting and a roster move.

2 days ago

Seattle Mariners Teoscar Hernández...

Stacy Rost

Rost: Making sense of the Seattle Mariners’ strikeout problem

Entering the third month of the season, it’s now obvious the Seattle Mariners' strikeout problem isn’t a temporary issue. The reasons are less obvious.

2 days ago

Seattle Mariners Yankees Aaron Judge...

The Associated Press

Judge hits 2 HRs, robs another as Yankees top Mariners 10-4

Aaron Judge hit two homers at the plate and robbed one in the field with a leaping catch at the wall, leading the New York Yankees past the Seattle Mariners 10-4.

3 days ago

Seattle Mariners Eugenio Suárez Teoscar Hernández...

Brent Stecker

How big is Mariners’ 1st walk-off, success on homestand?

Seattle Mariners insider Shannon Drayer details what stands out about the M's and Eugenio Suárez in particular after his walk-off homer in Sunday's win.

3 days ago

Mariners fan sends Jesse Winker pizza in clubhouse after ejection