Umpire Todd Tichenor, who ejected Mike Redmond, Ron Gardenhire, Jason Varitek and Terry Francona in the seventh inning of Boston’s 3-1 victory over the Twins today, was not available for comment.
Crew chief Jerry Layne spoke to a pool reporter, John Krawczynski, of the Associated Press:
On the play at the plate, Layne said, “I just looked at our replay and it’s inconclusive. But it’s so close that it would be difficult to try to say one way or the other from what I have seen. It’s not a clear case one way or the other.”
On Redmond’s ejection, Layne said, “No contact was made. I think it was an emotional time. I think the emotion of the game came into play. I think that’s what happened on the second [Gardenhire's ejection]. Ron’s a great manager and he’s going to protect his players and do whatever he has to do to do his job. And the umpire did his job and the manager did his job.”
On the four-ejection sequence, Layne said, “The bottom line is the managers have a job to do and the umpires have a job to do, and it was a difficult situation to be in as an umpire, and I thought that Todd Tichenor did an extremely good job. He handled it the way I like to see a person handle it. He didn’t let the game get out of control by not taking charge. He didn’t throw anybody out that didn’t deserve to be thrown out. He did his job. The managers did their jobs. Varitek stuck up for his pitcher. That’s baseball.”
Redmond on his first career ejection: “I’ve always been very respectful, but I realized the situation. It was a close play. I thought I got him. I still think I got him, and that’s it. I didn’t touch [the umpire]. I was a ways from him.”
Gardenhire: “I just wanted to know why he threw Redmond out so quick. And that was it. Then he threw me out for asking why he threw Redmond out. I thought Red was emotional, sure. He jumped up, but he’s just going to argue a little call. I just thought he pulled the trigger too quick, that’s all.”
Boston’s Jeff Bailey, who was called safe at home: “There’s no question a tag was made. Question is did I get my hand in there first? I really can’t tell. I saw the replay on TV and I couldn’t tell. When I came out of the slide, I pointed down at the plate and said, ‘Yeah, I got my hand in there!’ I ran off so I didn’t see Redmond get ejected. I was shaking hands with everybody and two guys were getting tossed out of the game.”