Friday, May 31, 2013
Girardi ejected in the 5th
By Mike Mazzeo
Joe got the old heave-ho.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected by second-base umpire Vic Carapazza for arguing an out call at second base with one out in the fifth inning of Friday night’s 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
After the game, Joe Girardi admitted to being wrong about the call.
Girardi did not feel shortstop Stephen Drew had his foot on the bag when he stretched to receive an errant throw from left-hander Jon Lester. Lester had fielded a comebacker off the bat of Ichiro Suzuki with David Adams aboard at first base.
Girardi immediately came out to argue and was tossed after a brief back-and-forth with Carapazza. Replays showed that Drew did in fact have his foot on the bag, something the Yankees manager confirmed after the game.
“I just wanted [Carapazza] to get help. Just to ask. He said he got a good look at it,” Girardi said. “From my viewpoint, I thought he was off the bag. He was not. I was wrong. But all I wanted was to ask him to get help. ... I don’t really understand why I got tossed. I got a little upset after he tossed me, but all I asked was just ‘Ask.’ If you ask and they say he’s out, I’ll walk away.”
Girardi is the first Yankee -- player or manager -- to be ejected this season.
It was Girardi’s 22nd career ejection -- 17th as Yankees manager.
“Well I blame K-Long [hitting coach Kevin Long],” Girardi joked. “K-Long told me to go out there. He said ‘Go! Go! Go!’”
Girardi went -- and ended up watching the final half of the game from his office as a result.