I was just baffled by the explanation. I was told I was out because the ball beat me, and he didn't have to tag me. I was unaware they had changed the rules.
If that's really what the ump said, he should be fired (or at least suspended).
It would make (Jeter’s) actions seem appropriate if that’s what he was told. The best way I can answer it is to talk to Marty about it. Not here at the ballpark, but if I see him tonight, or if not, we’ll have lunch tomorrow and we’ll discuss it. Getting a play right is one thing, but how you handle it is also important. Nowadays, with the cameras, ESPN and the reporters, I say the media, I actually mean television — it used to be if the ball beat you, you were out, but it isn’t that way anymore. It’s not a reason to call someone out. You have to make a good tag...
Marty [the thirdbase umpire] asked me to handle things today. We hopefully learn from our experiences. It’s the only way we get better at what we do.
This is far more than I expected from generally stubborn MLB umpires. And perhaps most interesting of all is that Hirschbeck subtly makes a request for video review. That I like most of all.