Remember yesterday’s uproar as a result of that ump telling Jeter he was out because the ball beat him to the bag? Well, that’s not what he said he said:
[Crew Chief John] Hirschbeck spoke to Foster on Tuesday and got a
different version. Here’s what Hirschbeck said Foster told Jeter at the
time: “The ball beat you, and I had him tagging you.”
“I don’t see a problem with that,” Hirschbeck said. “Sometimes when tempers flare, you don’t hear everything that’s said.”
Interesting. But not nearly as interesting as it will be if someone
in the New York press gets Jeter on the record today about all of this.
Because he pretty much has to say the ump was lying, right? And when
you do that, you usually get fined or something, don’t you? More likely
scenario: Jeter gets away with some non-committal quote and everyone
drops it because he’s the Captain and no one ever seems to want the
Captain to look bad.
Meanwhile, the mind reels at the notion of what all of this would
look like if it had been Alex Rodriguez getting thrown out at third
with nobody out in the first inning.