Ventura not concerned about ejection consequences

Ventura not concerned about ejection consequences

Ventura not concerned about ejection consequences
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura wasn't giving much thought Sunday to a possible suspension handed down by Major League Baseball stemming from his third-inning ejection Saturday for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire Lance Barrett.

Ventura was standing up for catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who was ejected by Barrett following a close pitch to Justin Smoak, and Ventura appeared to put his hands on crew chief Jim Joyce in an attempt to continue the argument with Barrett after Joyce moved him away. Ventura had no issue with how Joyce handled the aftermath.

"He's doing his job and I'm doing mine," Ventura said. "I even told him that I don't want to bump you. He said, 'You are not bumping me.' It was more of a dance than it was a bump."

The ejection fired up the U.S. Cellular Field crowd and both Pierzynski and Saturday's White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana praised Ventura for supporting them. Ventura wasn't arguing, though, as any sort of stunt to fire up his team.

"Guys are going to play," Ventura said. "I don't think they respond necessarily to what I'm doing or a situation like that. I'm just doing my job there.

"So, I don't know, I haven't really sat down and talked to anybody about it. You know, we got the win, that's all that really matters."

Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, the club's television play-by-play announcer, also took on-air umbrage with Barrett's strike zone and the ensuing ejections. Harrelson was verbally reprimanded by Commissioner Bud Selig and White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf after criticizing umpire Mark Wegner for ejecting Quintana when he threw behind Ben Zobrist in the fourth inning of a May 30 game at Tampa Bay, but that didn't stop Harrelson from providing pointed commentary on what he perceived as Barrett's rough night.

Both Reinsdorf and Harrelson declined comment through a media relations representative.