Losing is frustrating. Especially when you lose for the sixth consecutive time, 14 out of your last 18, and 10 straight on the road. When Nick Swisher went to speak with home plate umpire Andy Fletcher during the eighth inning of Saturday’s loss about some questions he had on how things were being run, frustrations reached a fever pitch.
According to Jordan Bastian’s post on MLB.com Francona said he didn’t first realize Swisher and Fletcher were arguing, but Tito noticed things were starting to escalate very quickly.
“When I saw Andy get a little more animated, I got out there,” Francona said. “I had no intention of getting thrown out of the game. I just wanted to get in-between he and Swish. The way Andy approached me, I thought he lost his composure. I don’t think I had any chance of staying in that game. Spit was coming out of his mouth, and [he was] gesturing and everything.
“I didn’t know they were even arguing. It looked to me like they were talking and them I saw him gesturing toward Swish, so I realized I had to get out there and get in the way. I didn’t think it would be a big deal, but the way he acted towards me, I don’t know how I could stay in the game.”
No one knows exactly what started the conversation between Swisher and Fletcher, as the Tribe slugger wouldn’t divulge any real information on the matter, regardless Francona had his player’s back.
This was the second time this season Francona has been ejected, the first being during last Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay.
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