CHICAGO -- White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia didn't like the call that he swung on his check swing, so he pointed at his eyes.First-base umpire Paul Emmel didn't like the show of dissent, ringing Garcia up and also issuing him his first career ejection in the bottom of the
CHICAGO -- White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia didn't like the call that he swung on his check swing, so he pointed at his eyes.
First-base umpire Paul Emmel didn't like the show of dissent, ringing Garcia up and also issuing him his first career ejection in the bottom of the fifth inning of a tie game against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. Garcia was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. The White Sox won the game, 5-2.
Garcia -- who was 2-for-2 before the strikeout -- said he did not see the ejection, since his back was turned toward the dugout before Emmel could make the signal. Garcia said he still feels Emmel made the incorrect call.
"I didn't swing," Garcia said. "100 percent. That's why I get mad. But that happens. Everybody makes mistakes."
Immediately following Garcia's ejection, White Sox manager Rick Renteria left the dugout to argue with Emmel. Renteria appeared quite animated, at one point removing his cap. He was also ejected by Emmel for arguing balls and strikes, marking the second time this season and eighth time in his managerial career he'd been tossed.
Renteria defended Garcia, saying he didn't believe his star outfielder did enough to warrant an ejection.
"I don't think he did anything too egregious," Renteria said. "I'm sure [Emmel] will disagree with me. But they have a tough job to do. I say with all due respect to all of them -- they have a very difficult job to do and they don't want people showing them up. I get all that. But I think I sit back and try to think about all the things the players are experiencing, the pressure that they're under to perform. I want people to stay in the ballgame."
The inning after Garcia and Renteria's ejections, the White Sox broke out for four runs to take the lead. White Sox catcher Kevan Smith said Renteria's outburst helped spark the White Sox run.
"It was like, 'Boom,' [Renteria] got fired up," Smith said. "Nobody wants to see one of our best hitters come out of the lineup, and obviously he was very frustrated. But that just shows you what he's preaching to us in here, what he brings to the able. It was awesome to see him get a little heated."
Following Garcia's ejection, he was replaced by Leury Garcia. Willy Garcia moved to right field to cover for Avisail Garcia, while Leury Garcia manned center field.
Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.