From Marc Carig:
“I knew it was a ball,” said Rodriguez, about the called strike he took on 2-2 fastball with the bases loaded, two outs and his team tied in the fourth inning on Sunday afternoon. “And then when I went inside to confirm it, I was even more upset.”
This isn’t the Yankees’ first disagreement with Foster, a 10-year veteran who has worked an All-Star Game and two postseason series. On July 6 against the Blue Jays, Foster called Derek Jeter out on an attempted steal of third base. Replays showed that even though the ball beat Jeter to the bag, Jeter beat the tag.
After the game, Jeter said that Foster told him that he didn’t have to be tagged to be called out.
“I was baffled by the explanation,” Jeter told reporters. “I was told I was out because the ball beat me and he didn’t have to tag me. I was unaware of that change in the rules.”
Girardi and crew chief Wally Bell played down the connection. But Rodriguez, recounting the earlier incident with Jeter, said Foster had told his teammate to “get off the field.” In Jeter’s case, and later in his own, Rodriguez called Foster’s conduct “very unprofessional.”
Said Rodriguez: “I don’t know what his deal is with the Yankees.”
I am not sure that Foster had any issues with the Yankees coming into this game, but I would not be surprised if he does now that A-Rod suggested that he bears a grudge against the Yankees. Foster got the call wrong in both cases, and did not acquit himself exceptionally well in the aftermath of either situation. Considering the explanation that he gave Jeter and the lack of a warning to A-Rod, Foster does not seem to be the most reasonable of fellows. Now the Yankees may have a problem on their hands, being that Foster is widely considered to be a decent umpire and is almost certain to be working the AL playoffs. Hopefully he does not seize the opportunity to take matters into his own hands in October, and allows the players to settle matters.
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