Not only did last night’s Yankees game see the Bronx Bombers lose their third straight game, but there was a surprising ejection during the Yankees half of the seventh inning.
If anyone guessed Joe Girardi, I said the ejection was surprising. Not entertaining.
Chase Headley, who usually never causes a spectacle, was ejected in the seventh inning when umpire Adrian Johnson ordered Headley back in the batters box after it appeared Headley was hit by a pitch. The problem was, Headley initially never addressed the umpire.
The only thing both sides could agree on was Brian McCann checking to see if Headley was okay.
Here’s where the stories differ:
Headley said he addressed solely McCann when McCann asked if he was okay. However, Johnson claims Headley stared at him and responded to McCann’s question. Johnson then got into Headley’s face and pointed a finger at him, provoking the angry third baseman. Headley’s response then earned him an ejection from the game.
Girardi tried to play off the ejection to the media and said there was some miscommunication between Headley and Johnson.
But according to Headley, there was no miscommunication. Johnson’s intentions were quite clear.
“I wouldn’t call it a misunderstanding,” Headley said after the game. “I think that he was in the wrong. I didn’t say a word to him. He approached me, took his mask off, put his finger in my face and I responded.
“I definitely think there needs to be accountability,” Headley said, “and I’ll leave it at that.”
Now, this is basically a case of ‘he said / he said’, but it usually takes a lot to make Headley angry. So maybe there was some merit to Headley’s story. One thing can be agreed on, the umpire clearly provoked Headley the moment he pointed his finger in Headley’s face.
And if Headley really was addressing McCann, which again seems like something Headley would do, then it would have been Johnson’s best interest to stay out of it.