He’d had more than half the game to unwind in the Red Sox clubhouse. But that wasn’t long enough - despite the fact his team snapped a 5-5 tie to beat the Yankees, 8-5 - for the manager to prepare himself for that moment before the microphone.
The question: Why was Ron Jackson, the Sox’ usually pacific hitting coach, ejected by home plate umpire Greg Gibson in the fourth inning?
“[Gibson said] he read his lips,” Terry Francona said. “That [expletive] guy can’t even see the ball in front of him. That was a [expletive] answer.”
Don’t expect the Sox to get a call with Gibson behind the plate any time soon. Francona seemed to think if his team didn’t get the call on Bronson Arroyo’s full-count pitch to Gary Sheffield with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, the Sox never will. Arroyo’s curveball snapped over the plate and finished in the middle of the zone, if anything a bit high.
Ball 4, Gibson ruled.
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