DETROIT -- Mark Teixeira hasn't played third base since his rookie season, but for a few moments on Thursday, the hot corner looked appealing. He'd have had a better seat for The Joe Girardi Show.
Girardi unloaded an intense and entertaining rant on third-base umpire Tim Welke following a controversial call in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park, after Welke signaled both fair and foul on the same play.
"I wish I was playing third today so I could have gotten a little bit more of the audio," Teixeira said. "He's good for a couple times a year. Joe can lose it with the best of them. He doesn't do it very often, but when he does he gets his money's worth."
The Yankees got a kick out of watching Girardi stomp from the dugout to shallow left field, where Welke admitted that he'd raised his arms to signal a foul ball before ruling Andy Dirks' run-scoring hit fair.
Perhaps influenced by the crowd, left fielder Raul Ibanez pulled up for a beat, and the ball scooted past him. Girardi believed that Welke's call distracted Ibanez and, after a lengthy argument, he was ejected.
"I get tossed, and I still believe they're wrong," Girardi said. "That's the bottom line. And I'm not going to give up the argument. Just because I get tossed doesn't mean I can't argue."
Yankees catcher Chris Stewart didn't get much of a view of the play, but he offered a rave review of Girardi's performance, which ended with the manager mimicking Welke's call and emphatically pointing foul, then fair, as the crowd cheered wildly.
"It's good that he's sticking up for us, and he wants things to go our way, how it should be," Stewart said. "It was good. It fired us up, obviously, to where we got some good swings after that and put the game away. So if he needs to get thrown out of every game in order for us to get a win, he needs to do that."
Teixeira agreed that watching a manager stand up for his team can have a positive effect on the club.
"It can. I think it kind of puts everyone on edge a little bit," Teixeira said. "You don't argue anymore because you know the umpires are probably going to throw you out. You just realize that you've got to do your job and not worry about the umpires.
"A manager getting thrown out is basically saying, 'Hey guys, I'm fighting for you, so you stop fighting. You don't need to fight, I'm fighting for you.' That's a good thing for a manager to do every now and then, because we get emotional."