Yankees manager Aaron Boone wasn’t happy with home plate umpire Brennan Miller on Thursday afternoon.
Miller called Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner out on strikes moments after Gio Urshela had hit a game-tying home run in the second inning vs. the Rays. Miller judged the pitch had caught the edge of the plate, but Gardner and Boone didn’t think so.
Boone began voicing his displeasure with Miller after a frustrated Gardner returned to the dugout. “F-ing get better now, Brennan, let’s f-ing go,” Boone screamed as Gardner banged his bat against the dugout roof.
Boone kept going after Miller called a strike on DJ LeMahieu that appeared to be outside. Miller finally tossed Boone after he’d heard enough. Boone then came out and vented some more. (WARNING: Repeated NSFW language.)
Boone’s absence won’t be long; he’ll be back in the dugout for Game 2 of New York’s doubleheader with Tampa Bay later Thursday.