Ozzie tweets frustrations after ejection
White Sox manager tossed upon arguing balls and strikes
NEW YORK -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was mad on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Not angry, as if one of his players failed to get a bunt down with runners on first and second and nobody out. It was more like the irate reaction stemming from something far more serious.
The object of Guillen's anger during the White Sox 3-1 loss to the Yankees was home-plate umpire Todd Tichenor, a Minor League callup who is slated to be with Gerry Davis' crew for a while. But Guillen didn't care if Tichenor was serving his first day on the job or in his 30th season.
Guillen was literally going to get his money's worth after being ejected by Tichenor after the White Sox batted in the first inning. The pitch sequence Guillen and the White Sox complained about came during Paul Konerko's two-out at-bat against Bartolo Colon with Carlos Quentin on second base.
Konerko was down in the count, 1-2, when the fourth pitch was called a ball by Tichenor. At that point, Guillen saw Yankees manager Joe Girardi and bench coach Tony Pena argue from the dugout about location.
On the next pitch from Colon, which appeared to be a bit low, Konerko was called out on strikes. Konerko briefly objected, and Guillen yelled at Tichenor from the dugout to not let the Yankees' bench intimidate him. Due to the music and background noise at Yankee Stadium, the White Sox manager believes Tichenor didn't hear that first comment.
"I don't think he heard what I said when I said something in the dugout, and then as soon as I went out, he ejected me," Guillen said. "And he should eject me. But the one before, when I was asking, I don't think he knew what I was saying.
"Then, all of a sudden, when he approached me and I said what I had to say, he ejected me. I think he was right to eject me. I don't think he made the wrong decision."
Davis, the crew chief, told a pool reporter that Guilllen's 26th career ejection and first this season was the result of profanity directed at an umpire while arguing balls and strikes. He added that Tichenor heard what Guillen originally said.
In this age of social media, Guillen's ejection took a strange twist after he departed. Two tweets came from Guillen's Twitter account regarding the ejection.
"This one going to cost me a lot money this is patetic," read the first Tweet, with the "H" in pathetic omitted.
"Today a tough guy show up a yankee stadium," was the second Tweet, coming just moments later.
There was no comment from Guillen after the loss about the tweets on the matter. The manager might face discipline for his actions, and he will receive an automatic fine for the ejection.
"I don't worry about that," said Guillen, brushing the question aside. "Let's talk about baseball."
As Mark Buehrle was beginning his warmup pitches for his first inning, Guillen was angrily jawing with Tichenor. On the White Sox television broadcast, play-by-play man Ken "Hawk" Harrelson said it's the angriest he has ever seen Guillen.
Buehrle wasn't sure if that was the case. He also wasn't sure whether to take his warmups while Tichenor tried to get down in the crouch as Guillen's temper reached a boiling point.
"The next thing I knew, he was thrown out and was going at him," Buehrle said. "But that's part of the game."
"He got angry very quick," said Guillen of Tichenor's reaction when questioning the call on Konerko. "When he kicked me out, he had the right, 100 percent. But he had no clue what I said first. After that? Yes, he did, very clearly."