I felt like some of the pitches that I was not getting were strikes, and then I threw one that I felt like was a ball [to Sweeney] and then he called it a strike. I'm more or less just trying to get Salty out there and say, "Come talk to me, let's figure out this zone so I know how to go about this." I had no idea what his zone was. I guess [Randazzo] may have jumped to the conclusion that I was talking to him. I felt he threw his arms up in the air for no reason. Then everything unfolded the way it did. ...Saltalamacchia agreed:
When he threw up his arms and started barking at me, I said, "Tony, I'm not even talking to you, I'm talking to my catcher." I guess he felt like I may have been coming back at him or I may have been showing him up.
[Papelbon] was talking to me and then [Randazzo] kind of turned around and walked away, and then I don't know what happened after that. He just kind of jumped out behind me and started talking to Pap. ... I don't think there was any reason for [the ejection]. Pap had already turned around and walked the other way. I think [the ump] should have just left it at that and moved on.Crew Chief Brian Gorman refused to comment.
Peter Abraham of the Globe called that a "gutless" response and said that in unusual circumstances, MLB should make sure umpires are "made available to a pool reporter. If players, managers, coaches and team executives and even commissioner Bud Selig can answer questions and be accountable for their decisions, why can't umpires?"
In June 2006, Randazzo walked 40 feet up the first base line and chest-bumped (and ejected) both Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle and reliever Ray King. Afterwards, crew chief Joe West said, "I'm not taking questions. We have a plane to catch." (As if giving a 30-second comment would cause them to miss their flight.) King said Randazzo "was totally out of line. ... He gets right up in your face hoping I'd agitate him."