Aaron Judge's First Career Ejection Elicited a Fiery Response From Anthony Rizzo

The Yankees slugger stuck up for his teammate from the dugout.
Anthony Rizzo reacts to Yankees teammate Aaron Judge getting ejected from the game.
Anthony Rizzo reacts to Yankees teammate Aaron Judge getting ejected from the game. / YES Network
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Aaron Judge was handed an early trip to the clubhouse in the New York Yankees' tilt against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

With one out in the seventh inning and New York clinging to a 5–3 lead, Judge was called out on strikes by home plate umpire Ryan Blakney. Judge disagreed with the call and said a few words to Blakney as he walked back to the Yankees' dugout. A few seconds later, Blakney threw Judge out of the game.

It was Judge's first career ejection in his 870th MLB game. Per YES Network's Seth Rothman, the moment also marked the first time a Yankees captain was ejected from a game since Don Mattingly on May 13, 1994. Derek Jeter, who was the Yankees' captain from 2003 to '14, was never ejected in his 20-year career.

The Yankees weren't pleased with Blakney's decision. Judge walked back to argue more with Blakney, and he was quickly joined by New York manager Aaron Boone. Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo shouted his opinion from the dugout railing.

As is custom, baseball commentator Jomboy provided fans on social media with some lip reading.

Editor's note: The video below contains profanity.

Trent Grisham replaced Judge in center field to start the top of the eighth inning. The Yankees finished off the 5–3 win to improve to 22–13, good for second place in the AL East.

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