07/07/08 12:45 AM ET
Girardi ejected for arguing with ump
Yankees' manager disagrees with strike zone against Sox
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
With Brett Gardner batting for New York, home-plate umpire Laz Diaz looked to the Yankees' dugout and pointed to Girardi, drawing him out onto the field for a heated argument.
Girardi gestured near his neck and his ankles, appearing to take issue with the strike zone Diaz had been calling for Red Sox right-hander Tim Wakefield. Girardi eventually left the field to a roaring ovation, and a chant of his name broke out among fans seated near the dugout.
"It's so hard to tell, a lot of times, whether a ball is in or out," Girardi said. "It wasn't just one pitch; I think the ball was a borderline pitch to [Jose] Molina up, and I thought it was low to Gardy. Obviously, from the bench, you don't have the replays to look at. I know a knuckleballer, it has to be really hard to call balls and strikes. I just didn't like the two calls, and you move on."
On the next pitch, Gardner singled to center field, and he scored when Derek Jeter also singled to center in front of Coco Crisp. The ejection was the seventh of Girardi's career, his fourth as a Major League manager and his second since taking the Yankees' helm this year.
Girardi was also ejected in the ninth inning of a May 22 game against the Orioles. On that play, Jason Giambi appeared to take a 2-2 pitch for a ball, but home-plate umpire Chris Guccione ruled that the ball had hit Giambi's bat, resulting in a foul tip that was caught for strike three. Girardi charged out of the dugout and kicked his hat twice in protesting the call, which earned him a one-game suspension.
The Yankees won that game, making them 2-0 when Girardi has been ejected.
"I told the guys to let me know when they want me to go," Girardi said. "It seems to work pretty well. Just give me a sign."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.