Aaron Boone got tossed from the Yankees’ game against the Blue Jays on Monday — and then had a sidearm toss of his gum before leaving the field, too.
The Yankees manager was thrown out by home plate umpire Clint Vondrak in the eighth inning — as he argued a 1-1 pitch to Aaron Judge — and then came out to argue even further.
And before exiting for the dugout, Boone took gum out of his mouth and threw it toward some of the padding at Rogers Centre.
While Boone acknowledged he thought Vondrak missed that pitch call and others throughout the game, he didn’t think his reaction from the dugout warranted an ejection — and that’s why he came out to argue it further with Vondrak and first-base umpire James Hoye.
Boone said he thought the Blue Jays “berated him pretty good,” too, and that’s why he was surprised about getting tossed during Judge’s at-bat.
“I’ve got some experience getting thrown out,” Boone told reporters in Toronto postgame. “Tonight didn’t feel like it got to that level, and it did pretty quick.”
The pitch to Judge — a 1-1 slider that appeared to miss low — was followed by two balls, and on the 3-2 pitch, Judge sent another slider 462 feet to center field to cap an eventful at-bat.
It was one of two homers Judge hit in the Yankees’ 7-4 win to start their series in Toronto, and they built a 7-0 advantage before the Blue Jays trimmed their deficit with four runs in the eighth inning.
Boone was also ejected April 12 against Cleveland — though in a completely different scenario than Monday, when the victory against the Blue Jays was all but sealed — when the Guardians didn’t challenge an inning-ending double play within the allotted 15 seconds but the call was eventually overturned, anyway.
The Yankees have now won three of four games against AL East opponents, following their victories Friday and Saturday against the Rays, and moved within 7.5 games of Tampa Bay, which was off Monday.
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