The Yankees low-key, non-confrontational Captain, Derek Jeter, got in an argument with an umpire for the first time in what feels like forever. Umpire Marty Foster called Jeets out stealing third base in Monday afternoon’s game at the Stadium.
Replays showed that Jeter did get his hand on the bag before he was tagged, but Jeter said later that Foster told him he didn’t have to be tagged to be out.
Apparently, crew chief John Hirschbeck agreed with Jeter’s argument and called Jeter “the classiest person I’ve been around,” while telling reporters that Foster made the wrong call.
“Getting a play right is one thing, but how you handle it is also important,” Hirschbeck said. “Nowadays, with the cameras, ESPN and the reporters, I say the media, I actually mean television — it used to be if the ball beat you, you were out, but it isn’t that way anymore. It’s not a reason to call someone out. You have to make a good tag.”
Back it up, a minute. Apparently you didn’t have to be tagged to be called out on a steal at one point? When was this? I don’t remember that being taught in Little League. Not to mention, its just plain dumb not to have to be tagged.
Skipper Joe Girardi felt the same way. “I don’t believe if the ball beats you, you’re automatically out,” Girardi said. “Jeter is not going to argue unless he’s safe. That’s the type of player Derek Jeter is. I wanted an explanation. I also don’t believe that perception is reality. I don’t believe that statement, either.”
Girardi continued the argument after Jeter was pulled away by 3B coach Rob Thomson and was ejected for the third time this season.
Apparently, the bad calls Monday afternoon extended beyond Foster. The Yankees were upset that second base umpire Wally Bell seemingly missed two calls. In the third inning, the team thought Bell called Aaron Hill safe when Jeter’s throw beat him to second. That put two men on base for Alex Rios who promptly hit a three-run homer. Then in the seventh inning, the Yankees thought Blue Jay’s shortstop Marco Scutaro was off the bag when Bell called new Yankee Eric Hinske out at second.
The blown call at second (if it was) in the third inning gave the Blue Jays another run and the blown call (it was) at third in the first with Jeter would have given the Yankees a man at third with no outs and Nick Swisher batting. If just one of those calls went through the right way, the Yankees would have at least tied this game and perhaps have gone into extra innings, not lose 7-6.