NEW YORK — Ozzie Guillen, never one to keep opinions to himself or emotions anywhere but on his sleeve, went straight to his Twitter account to make himself heard within minutes of getting thrown out during the Yankees 3-1 victory against the White Sox on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Unhappy about umpire Todd Tichenor’s third-strike call against Paul Konerko to end the first inning, Guillen said something that got him ejected. The pitch by Bartolo Colon appeared to be low, or borderline at least.
Walking back to the dugout, Konerko motioned with his bat toward Tichenor. Guillen was livid. It appeared as though he had been thrown out before he went directly to a face-to-face encounter with the umpire, who played it cool. Tichenor walked away from Guillen and got in position behind Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Guillen stayed in the ear of Tichenor, who ignored him.
“This one is going to cost me a lot of money this is pathetic,” Guillen tweeted before the inning had finished.
Later, Guillen took another shot at Tichenor when he tweeted, “Today a tough guy show up at yankee stadium.”
Tichenor’s strike-three call on called strikes is somewhat animated. That may have rubbed Guillen the wrong way as well.
It was Guillen’s first ejection of the season and the 26th of his career.
Robinson Cano’s three-run homer in the first inning accounted for the Yankees runs. Adam Dunn’s single in the sixth scored Carlos Quentin (3-for-3, double) for the Sox run.
Bench coach Joey Cora took over the team in Guillen’s absence.
The Sox won the first two games of the series, which concludes tonight.