Yankees' Aaron Boone, Brett Gardner involved in another heated spat with umpire
Trouble found New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and outfielder Brett Gardner again on Friday.
The duo was involved in another heated confrontation with an umpire during their game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Though it’s fair to wonder if Gardner got a raw deal this time.
The veteran outfielder was ejected during the fourth inning by home plate umpire Chris Segal following back-to-back calls that the Yankees dugout didn’t agree with. The first was a called third strike to Cameron Maybin, which the Yankees felt was low. The second was a called strike Mike Tauchman in the same spot.
Some are disputing whether Gardner said anything at all based on the Yankees broadcast footage. Another video breakdown shows Cameron Maybin yelling “f------ terrible at Segal. Those words are what prompted the ejection and were attributed to Gardner.
At one point, Gardner was also seen jamming his bat into the dugout roof, which we’re sure helped bring the attention in his direction.
Boone raced out of the dugout to question if he’d been ejected. He wasn’t, but he clearly mouths the name “Gardner” before unleashing his own tirade on the umpiring crew.
Once Gardner got wind of his ejection, he charged out of the dugout and had to be restrained from getting in the face of the umpires.
That’s an apt description.
The confrontation comes three weeks after Boone was involved in the infamous ““f------ savages in the box” run-in with umpire Brennan Miller at Yankee Stadium on July 18. Boone was suspended one game for his actions that day. He was not ejected for his actions on Friday.
The July 18 confrontation also centered around a beef involving Gardner. The Yankees veteran even put a few dents in the Yankee Stadium dugout.
There were no microphones close enough to pick up Friday’s exchange, and there was no evidence of damage to the dugout... yet. But one can imagine Major League Baseball will be looking into Yankees behavior again.
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