Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected in the bottom of the fourth inning Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, when umpires used baseball’s new replay system to reverse an out call at first base, and the decision resulted in a run for the Yankees.
Initially it looked as though the Sox had escaped a budding rally with an inning-ending double play, with Ryan Roberts fielding Francisco Cervelli’s grounder and winging it to second and Jonathan Herrera, who threw to Mike Napoli at first. Umpire Bob Davidson punched out Cervelli on a bang-bang play.
Yankee manager Joe Girardi quickly popped out of the dugout and formally challenged the call before the Red Sox defense had even left the field. Davidson and home plate umpire Brian O’Nora then went to review the video along the third-base line, and within a couple minutes after consulting MLB’s replay center, O’Nora announced that Cervelli had stepped on the base before Napoli had squeezed Herrera’s throw.
As soon as they announced their decision, Farrell emerged from his own dugout to make his disagreement known. He was ejected quickly, and once he’d already been banished to the clubhouse he made sure to get his money’s worth. Certainly some of his anger was related to the fact the overturning meant Brian McCann would score, and the Yankees would extend their lead to 3-1.
Though as his argument grew increasingly heated, it was especially apparent that his rage was also fueled by what happened Saturday, when the Red Sox challenged a call Davidson made at second base — but umpires never saw a camera angle that made clear that Dean Anna was off the bag while Xander Bogaerts was tagging him, and Boston should’ve won its protest.
Major League Baseball admitted afterward that a mistake had been made in not getting that viewpoint to the umpires, but the ferocity of Farrell’s argument suggested that any apology had yet to be accepted. Even the most amateur of lip readers could clearly tell there were a number of unprintable words aimed at Davidson during the discussion — and a few of them came accompanied by a hand gesture with which the manager appeared to be telling the umpires where he could stick the call. Or maybe the cameras.
It was the first ejection of the season for Farrell.
Editor’s note: Correction — updated to note that umpire Brian O’Nora was given the decision on the Cervelli review from the MLB replay center.