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.
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.