On Wednesday, Rangers’ second baseman Ian Kinsler was ejected by homeplate umpire Vic Carapazza for arguing balls and strikes. It was Kinsler’s fourth ejection of the season, but prior to Thursday’s series finale in the Bronx--a day off for Kinsler--manager Ron Washington said that he doesn’t see Kinsler’s sometimes fiery temper as much of a problem.
“The umpire had a short fuse,” Washington said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I tried to get to home plate quick enough, but I’m not Speedy Gonzalez. I don’t think he said anything profane. He expressed his feelings, and the umpire had a short fuse. I think it was something he could have ignored.”
Whether or not what Kinsler said in the bottom of the eighth on Wednesday evening warranted an ejection, we don’t know, but it seems likely that Kinsler was just lain frustrated at that point. The strikeout would prove to be Kinsler’s last at-bat of the series, meaning that Kinsler finished the four-game set against the Yankees 0-for-11, with four strikeouts.