Guillen ejected from White Sox finale

Guillen ejected from White Sox finale

NEW YORK -- Ozzie Guillen will be the first one to admit when he makes a mistake arguing with an umpire or deserves to be thrown out of a game.

Career ejection No. 21 for the White Sox manager, coming Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, didn't fall in either of the above categories by Guillen's estimation.

"A very weak one," said Guillen of the ejection, after his team's 12-3 loss to the Yankees finished off another series setback. "I've been ejected a lot, and that was pretty weak."

Guillen's second ejection of the 2010 season came in the top of the seventh and was delivered by home-plate umpire Dan Iassogna. Brett Gardner was at the plate with Jorge Posada on second and one out, when a 1-1 pitch from Tony Pena was called a ball.

White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski stayed in his crouch and didn't appear to do anything to show up Iassogna. He hesitated briefly before throwing the ball back to Pena, a reason provided by Iassogna to Guillen for the umpire's displeasure, which also caused Iassogna to hover over Pierzynski's back and start talking to him.

At that point, Pierzynski responded. Seconds later, Guillen came from the dugout to protect his player.

Following the team's eighth loss in 10 games on the road, Pierzynski declined to comment on the seventh-inning disruption. Guillen, on the other hand, had plenty to say.

"I was protecting A.J.," Guillen said. "[Iassogna] was showing him up, and since I've been playing this game and doing this, when a umpire points a finger at your players, you have to get ejected. I don't think that's the reason he ejected me. He ejected me because I said I thought that pitch was a strike. I couldn't say that either."

Upon looking at the replay of the incident after being ejected, Guillen felt even more in the right and even more incensed.

"He was all over A.J., and I don't think there's any reason for that," Guillen said. "If one of the players is showing you up, just stop that thing right away or you are kicked out of the game. I don't think A.J. was showing up anyone. [Iassogna] said he was holding the ball? Well, everybody does."

In closing his comments on the matter, Guillen expressed hope as to how Major League Baseball would view this specific piece of tape before passing judgment.

"If I get fined for that one, I might get suspended," Guillen said. "I don't think any umpire, I don't care who you are or what you do, he shouldn't show people up the way he did. He was on top of him. If they really check the replay the way they say, they will see that.

"You cannot create something that didn't happen. A.J. is always complaining. A.J. is always doing this. That's A.J.'s job. When you are right on top of him and point a finger right in his face, I don't think there was a reason to do it."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.