Infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball on Sunday after the commissioner's office ruled Hairston had made "aggressive actions" in arguing with home plate umpire Ed Hickox on Friday night.
But Hairston, who appealed the suspension and started for the Nationals on Sunday, said he didn't do anything wrong beyond arguing with Hickox after he'd asked for timeout and didn't have his request granted.
Hairston stepped partially out of the batter's box in the seventh inning Friday, calling for time for the second time in his at-bat against San Diego's Clayton Richard. He said Hickox had honored his request, but video replays showed it came right as Richard started his delivery to the plate, and Hickox never signaled to Richard to stop his throw. Hairston popped the pitch up, and immediately turned to argue with Hickox instead of running it out.
The infielder never pushed the umpire, though, only making incidental contact with him as he argued the call. Hairston said he didn't curse at Hickox, and he believed the video replay would help him in his appeal.
"I know in the heat of the game, sometimes, you're not going to catch everything," Hairston said. "That's why I asked for help, and then I got ejected. Clearly, I went around him. I didn't push him. I didn't shove him. Look at the video; I just saw every angle. The video speaks loud and clear."
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