Washington still not happy about ejection

Washington still not happy about ejection

ARLINGTON -- One day after first-base umpire Angel Hernandez ejected Rangers manager Ron Washington and first-base coach Gary Pettis from Sunday's game, Washington was still steaming.

"[Hernandez] told me that my job is to get [Pettis] off the field," Washington said. "You don't tell me what my job is. You can't talk to Angel. Angel's the smartest umpire in baseball."

On Sunday, Washington said in the postgame that Hernandez is "just bad." While he said on Monday that he expects to be fined for those comments, he is not repentant about making them.

"Oh, I'm going to get fined," Washington said. "I mean, I'm going to get fined for what I told Angel. I don't know, they might add to it because of what I said about Angel, but hey, the truth is the truth."

Washington reiterated that he did not leave the dugout expecting to get ejected, but in the course of events, he was "picked on" by Hernandez, and his response led to his ejection.

"I didn't see anything. I was just letting Gary have his say," Washington said. "Then [Hernandez] picked on me, and I lost it. That was the end of it. You don't tell me what to do. You can suggest something, but you don't tell me what to do."

With both Pettis and Washington ejected, bench coach Jackie Moore became the acting manager. Washington said that on such a hot night, some umpires wear ice packs that need to be replaced, which prevented him from hiding just out of sight of the field.

"When I'm able to stay down there, I do," Washington said. "But I couldn't stay last night with those umpires coming back and forth with their ice packs. I'm already in trouble.

"Not necessarily in the equipment area, but I'm down there. Might be in the tunnel area, might be in the walkway, might be in the video room. I just couldn't take a chance with those guys doing that of getting caught."

Washington stuck by Moore's decision of taking out starter C.J. Wilson, and good-naturedly poked fun at all his experience.

"You got Jackie with 150 years, and [pitching coach] Mike [Maddux] with 130 years," Washington joked. "Together, they've got 280 years."