Posted August 02, 2012

Minor-league stadium worker ejected for playing Three Blind Mice

Daytona Cubs music supervisor/PA announcer Derek Dye was ejected by an umpire during Wednesday’s Florida State League game for playing Three Blind Mice after a questionable call.

Here are the details from the Cubs’ Facebook page:

We’ve just entered the twilight zone at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Our music man, Derek Dye, has been EJECTED from tonight’s game. The umpire, Mario Seneca, was apparently not happy when Derek played “Three Blind Mice” after a questionable call. With no music system, a fan has stepped up to call out player introductions from the stands.

If this story sounds familiar, it might be because of the attention drawn by the late Wilbur Sapp, an organist for the Clearwater Phillies of the same Florida State League who was similarly tossed from a game, in 1985, after playing Three Blind Mice.

And, of course, the Brooklyn Dodgers used to have an unofficial band that played Three Blind Mice when the umpires took the field.

Dye took advantage of his 15 minutes on his Twitter feed, retweeting posts from news outlets as well as posting these tweets: