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Yankees File Protest After Marlins Substitution Mix-up, Jeter's Patented Jump-Pivot-Throw to First

posted Jun 23, 2009, 9:12 AM by Steven Seagal
New York Yankees manager Joe Giradi issued an official protest of Sunday's loss to the Marlins following a substitution mix-up by Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and a brilliant play by shortstop Derek Jeter. Gonzalez had removed Chris Coghlan from the game and replaced him with Alejandra De Aza to pinch hit for pitcher Renyel Pinto, but at the top of the inning Chris Coghlan was sent back out onto the field. During the next inning Derek Jeter caught a ground ball hit by Ronnie Paulino towards third base, jumped, while pivoting his body in midair and fired the ball weakly to first baseman Mark Teixiera to record the first out of the inning.

Joe Girardi filed the grievance with the commisioners office saying that Marlins Manager Fredi Gonzalez had illegally used a player after a substitution and that Gonzalez was visibly awestruck by Jeter's play, so much so that he witnessed Gonzalez tear up his lineup card and wave a white flag from the dugout. According to Girardi's protest, Gonzalez then ripped off his uniform, put on a Derek Jeter jersey and promptly left the Stadium in his new Ford Edge. Gonzalez has yet to deny any of Giradi's accusations and reports from the Marlins' organization believe Gonzalez will admit that Jeter's play in the 8th inning was worthy enough of at least 6 Yankee victories.