Mark Parent said on Monday he knew his pre-game plan from a day earlier wouldn’t go over well.
Fed up with two days of poor calls against the White Sox, Parent, the team’s bench coach, was ejected before the first pitch was thrown Sunday after he argued with crew chief Jerry Layne. Parent took the lineup card to home plate about 10 minutes before the game and was thrown out for the second time in his career.
“We had a disagreement,” Parent said. “It got out of hand, and he decided to throw me out. We had a difference in opinion right away. This is about the only time I get to talk to him.”
Parent took issue with a pair of calls, one each night, in which the White Sox wound up on the short end. On Friday, Ian Kinsler hit an inside-the-park-home run even though White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo indicated he couldn’t find the ball, which had become lodged underneath the fence in foul territory down the left-field line.
On Saturday, Alexei Ramirez was thrown out at home plate on a play in which replays showed he slid in safely and just ahead of the tag of former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
Parent said it felt good to vent, but it came with a price.
“It always does but it still costs you money when you do that,” Parent said. “I didn't feel bad about it when it was over. I felt bad I wasn't out here to help Robin (Ventura) and the club. But I thought it was something I needed to say.”
Ventura didn’t want to spend much time rehashing the issue on Monday. He also noted Parent isn’t the only coach to receive a pre-game ejection.
“It’s just something that happened,” Ventura said. “I’ve seen it before. ... I’m not getting into any of that today. We’re past it. He got it off his chest and you move on.”