ARLINGTON -- Aaron Boone had to make the long walk to the visitors' clubhouse during the sixth inning of Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Rangers at Globe Life Park, handing over the lineup card after being ejected for the first time as a big league manager.With Gary Sanchez batting against
ARLINGTON -- Aaron Boone had to make the long walk to the visitors' clubhouse during the sixth inning of Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Rangers at Globe Life Park, handing over the lineup card after being ejected for the first time as a big league manager.
With Gary Sanchez batting against Texas starter Cole Hamels, home-plate umpire Pat Hoberg whirled toward the third-base dugout and tossed Boone, who stormed out for a brief but fiery tirade. Boone had chirped about a strike call on Sanchez, and said there had been other issues as the evening progressed.
"At different points of the night, I had raised some things," Boone said. "I guess he had heard enough. Nothing really more than that. It wasn't anything too big."
One such instance took place earlier in the top of the sixth, when Boone complained about Hoberg not calling time for Aaron Hicks, who indicated that Hamels had attempted to quick-pitch him.
"It was kind of one of those, as soon as I picked up [my head], I felt like he was already in his windup," Hicks said. "I had no chance to get ready for the pitch. He didn't grant it."
The ejection of Boone -- hired with no coaching or managerial experience -- came in his 45th game piloting the Yankees. Bench coach Josh Bard took over as acting manager for the remainder of the game.
"Boone is going to look out for us," Sanchez said through an interpreter. "He's trying to help us. In that at-bat there, I thought the pitch was high. I guess he said something to the umpire, and he threw him out."
Boone had five ejections during his playing career, including in the sixth inning of his June 20, 1997, Major League debut for the Reds against the Cardinals. That day, he threw his helmet after being called out trying to score from second base on a Joe Oliver single to right field.
In an interesting coincidence, Tuesday's ejection came on the 10-year anniversary of Joe Girardi's first ejection as Yankees manager in a victory over the Orioles.
"You've got to fight for your team when you're a manager," Hicks said. "Whenever you feel like things aren't going your way, it's important for you to be the voice for us."
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.