Watch: Three Yankees get ejected in short order after strike zone argument
A pair of umpires tossed New York Yankees left and right during Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Indians.
The conflict started when Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected by home plate umpire Ben May for an argument over the strike zone. As Boone was winding things down, however, things really got out of hand. First base umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Brett Gardner for banging his bat on the top of the dugout in frustration. In protest of that, Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia — currently on the IL — was also tossed.
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A view from behind the dugout shows Cuzzi ejecting Sabathia, though be warned, as there is some inappropriate language.
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Gardner getting ejected for banging his bat around seems ridiculous, yet it may not even be his strangest ejection of the season. By doing that, Cuzzi essentially escalated the situation by punishing Gardner for an act that very easily could have been ignored.
Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin later accused May of instigating things.