It's the golden rule: Don't argue balls and strikes.
Yet, manager Aaron Boone did so on Tuesday night against the Rangers, and it earned him his first ejection of his early managerial career. Home plate umpire Pat Hoberg heard Boone chirping all night, and after a questionable strike call against Gary Sanchez, Hoberg had heard enough.
"At different points in the night I raised some things and I guess he had heard enough," Boone told The Post's George A. King III about the ejection. "Nothing more than that."
At the point of Boone's ejection, the Yankees were down 5-1 as LHP Cole Hamels, who could be on the team's radar down the road, was rolling through his start. However, his ejection wasn't any attempt to fire up his ballclub.
"No, it wasn't much different than any other game. It was just I was upset with something that went on with the [Aaron] Hicks at-bat," Boone said as he referenced an instance where Hamels threw a pitch that Hoberg allowed despite Hicks not in the batter's box yet. "A few things over the course of the night that just built up to where I guess he had heard enough."
Boone milked his first ejection by showing Hoberg -- and the rest of those watching -- his angry side that has laid dormant so far this season. He hasn't had many things to be mad about with his team owning the best record in baseball despite losing 6-4 last night.
Though it wasn't anything close to his predecessors like Billy Martin or Lou Piniella, Boone can chalk up his first ejection in his personal record book. Hopefully, he won't need to add another tally anytime soon, though.