Girardi’s feistiness applauded

Yankees fans haven’t had much to cheer about these days amid a five-game losing streak. The crowd at Yankee Stadium Friday night was on its feet and cheering in the fifth inning for the first time in the homestand, a standing ovation accorded the manager, Joe Girardi.

The skipper bolted from the dugout right after Ichiro Suzuki grounded into a fielder’s choice. Of course, Girardi’s arrival on the field could be for no purpose other than to dispute the umpire’s call at second base, which was certainly open to question. Video replays were inconclusive about Joe’s contention that Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew’s left foot was not on the bag as he stretched to his left to glove the slicing throw from pitcher Jon Lester. Second base umpire Vic Carapazza called David Adams out on the play in which Ichiro Suzuki hit a grounder back to the mound.

After the game, Girardi said he saw the replay and concluded that the Carapazza’s call was correct. “The reason I got upset was that I wanted him to get some help,” Girardi said. “If he had gotten some help and they said I was wrong, I’d have walked away.”

Girardi became pretty animated, which the crowd loved, and he clearly was not accepting the ump’s position. Carapazza eventually ejected Girardi, who received a standing ovation as he walked off the field and landed the lineup card to bench coach Tony Pena, who assumed the role of interim manager.

It was the 22nd career ejection for Girardi and his 19th as a manager (18 with the Yankees). The Yankees did get a run out of the inning. After Chris Stewart walked and Brett Gardner struck out, Kevin Youkilis singled to score Ichiro that raised the Yankees’ lead to 3-0. Youkilis and Mark Teixeira were back from the disabled list and were making contributions. Teixeira walked to lead off the second inning and eventually scored on a single by Jayson Nix.

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