Ruiz, who was in the starting lineup Monday, was ejected by Welke for challenging calls a couple of times, then cursing him after Welke refused to ask for help from first-base umpire Laz Diaz on a 1-2 checked swing by Marcus Thames. Major League Baseball
"I said a couple of bad words," said Ruiz, a Panamanian. "In English."
Manuel leaped from the dugout to defend Ruiz and was ejected by Welke for the same reason, but only after a long discussion. Welke, he said, never told him why he wouldn't ask Diaz for help.
Meanwhile, Smith got tossed by Diaz in what Smith said was a misunderstanding.
Smith said Diaz caught him pooh-poohing Welke with a dismissive hand wave from the top of the dugout steps that Diaz believed was directed at him. Diaz stared Smith down, Smith said, and Smith gave Diaz a dismissive wave that certainly was directed at Diaz. That got Smith tossed.
"Then, I snapped," Smith said. He charged onto the field, where Manuel had to physically restrain him.
Smith believes umpires consider any hint of disrespect from a coach an egregious offense. "In his eyes, I'm just a bleeping coach," Smith said. "It's like, 'What are you doing? You're just a [bleeping] coach.' "
When Smith returned to the dugout, Diaz shooed him with a backward wave of his hand three times.
Daily News sports writer Marcus Hayes contributed to this report.