"I get pretty angry sometimes," he said. Then he laughed and made sure everyone knew he was being sarcastic.
Home plate umpire Bob Davidson ejected Colvin in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against the Pirates after Colvin's strong reaction to a called strike three. Right after the call, Colvin leaned his head back and spoke. He insisted he was chastising himself, though, and not Davidson.
"I was pretty upset with myself right there, I struck out looking," Colvin said. "As I'm walking back to the dugout I heard I got tossed. That's all that really happened.
"I told Bob, 'I didn't say anything to you.'"
Cubs manager Mike Quade ran out to argue, and after a few minutes Davidson threw him out as well.
"Tyler got a little frustrated. I think he was mad at himself and Bob thought he was mad at him," Quade said. "I was protecting my player, walked away and then I was gone."
It was Colvin's second strikeout of the evening and one of seven for Pirates starter Charlie Morton. The game was tied 0-0 at the time of the ejections. The Cubs won, 1-0.
Laura Myers is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.