The Yankees are AL East champions and have 100 wins to 55 losses, but every last pitch of every game matters.
As the race for homefield advantage heats up against the AL West-leading Houston Astros (101-53), second-year New York manager Aaron Boone understands the sense of urgency behind the team's final seven games on the regular-season schedule.
Given the circumstances, Boone was fired up Saturday with the umpires -- including crew chief Joe West at third base -- during Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after Giancarlo Stanton struckout looking on three pitches to end the bottom of the second inning.
Boone appeared to argue from the first-base dugout before West signaled for the ejection at third. Home-plate umpire Jeremie Rehak did the same moments later. The toss marked the ninth of Boone's career and the fifth in 2019.
In Friday's game, the Yankees' 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays, West was the home-plate umpire. Among other calls, West's strike call to CF Brett Gardner on a 3-1 outside fastball multiple inches off the corner proved costly as the Yankees went down in a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning. West's decision received heat from Boone, who possibily carried Friday's frustrations over to Saturday's matinee.
Joe West.. 🗣YOU TRASH SON🗣 pic.twitter.com/bR47h9i8wZ- JoezMcfly🇩 (@JoezMcfLy) September 21, 2019