When Francoeur got ejected from Sunday's game, it solidified him into the group of Royals players that I like. Here's what I gathered from the radio broadcast:
Frenchy struck out looking in the 7th inning for the second time that game. I repeat, Francoeur struck out twice LOOKING. He took issue with the home plate umpire and got ejected. The radio announcers then said that, of the 11 Royals who struck out up to that point, 7 of them had been called out looking. After making sure I hadn't slipped into an alternate universe, I got to thinking about how brilliant a move Frenchy's ejection was and that Yost should have been ejected at least once this year to protect his players.
In the opinion of this Royals fan, Royals' pitchers have been getting squeezed on their strike calls while opposing pitchers have gotten more calls (though, umpires across the MLB have been wildly inconsistent so far this year). I expect C.J. Wilson, pitching at home, to get more calls than anyone on the Royals rookies, but even Soria, at home and on the road, has been consistently squeezed this year. This was the first time this year that I saw any of the Royals make an honest protest of questionable calls.
Getting ejected can light a fire under a team and it can create solidarity among players by creating a common sense of being wronged by the umps. Plus, it puts umpires on notice that their calls are being noticed and, psychologically, it makes umpires more reluctant to call controversial calls against the team that is going to point out their mistake (same principle that creates Home-Field Advantage). I think Yost has argued a few calls this year, but (correct me if I'm wrong) he's never been ejected, and more often than not, he walks back to the dugout, with his tail between his legs, a la Charlie Brown. Yost might not have a fiery temper, and he doesn't need to act like Ozzie Guillen to get my respect. But sometimes, you gotta battle for your team, and Frenchy showed me on Sunday that he will do that.