Jerry Manuel was ejected for the third time this season after arguing an out call by first base ump Doug Eddings that ended the top of the second inning. Replays confirmed Luis Castillo actually had beaten the throw from shortstop Rafael Furcal. Had the call been correct, Henry Blanco would have scored from third base and the Mets would have taken a 3-0 lead.
Given the way the Mets had struggled to score runs during the second half of the season, conceding runs is not what Manuel had in mind.
Ultimately with a 6-1 win against the Dodgers on Friday, the Mets snapped a streak of 13 straight games in which they scored four runs or fewer. It had been the longest stretch since also going 13 straight without reaching five runs from Sept. 19-Oct. 2, 2004.
“He said I was yelling,” Manuel said of the reasoning for his ejection.
The manager then added: “I think I was.”
Manuel acknowledged the bill of his cap unintentionally grazed the umpire’s cap. But Manuel labeled it inadvertent and light, and did not expect any discipline would ensue.
“They might have touched, but I don’t know if it was one of those touches,” Manuel said, referring to something with intent or force. “Incidental. … I don’t expect anything.”
As for why he was particularly agitated, Manuel offered: “We are preaching effort and enthusiasm and energy,” Manuel said. “And then we hit an infield hit and we think we got a run, and we want to applaud that. You know, runs are tough to come by for us, so we try to get all that we can. Louie hustled down the line and did a good job in the No. 2 spot. That would have given him another hit and an RBI.”
Bench coach Dave Jauss took over as manager for the remainder of the game.