NEW YORK -- With the opportunity to look at a replay from the comfort of the air-conditioned clubhouse, Joe Girardi admitted he was incorrect in his challenge of second-base umpire Vic Carapazza on Friday, questioning a fifth-inning force play that led to the Yankees manager's ejection.
Television replays showed that Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew stayed anchored to the bag long enough to force out David Adams on an Ichiro Suzuki fielder's choice, but Girardi said he would have still liked Carapazza to honor his request to ask another umpire for a second opinion.
"I just wanted him to get help, just to ask," Girardi said after New York's 4-1 victory. "He said he got a good look at it. From my viewpoint, I thought he was off the bag. He was not. I was wrong, but all I wanted was to ask him to get help.
"They do it in games, and I don't really understand why I got tossed. I got a little upset after he tossed me, but all I asked was, 'Just ask. If you ask and they say he's out, I walk away.'"
Girardi said that he might not have bolted from the dugout so excitedly if hitting coach Kevin Long wasn't so sure that Carapazza blew the call.
"I blame K-Long. K-Long told me to go out there," Girardi said. "He said, 'Go! Go! Go!'"
When it was suggested that perhaps Long should pay the fine from Major League Baseball, Girardi smiled and said, "Probably not going to work."
The crowd at Yankee Stadium gave Girardi a standing ovation as he left the field. It was Girardi's 22nd career ejection, his 17th as a Yankees manager and his first of the season.
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