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Nationals' Jerry Hairston Jr. Suspended One Game For "Aggressive Actions"

Well, that didn't take long. Via Bill Ladson of

Major League Baseball issued a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine to Nationals third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. for his aggressive actions, which included making contact with umpire Ed Hickox during the bottom of the seventh inning of the team 2-1 victory over the Padres on Friday.

"Aggressive actions" is a nice way of saying Hairston tried to call time out in a seventh inning at-bat Friday night against San Diego's Clayton Richard, home plate umpire Ed Hickox did not acknowledge it, and Jerry ended up flying out to center field. Hairston in no way liked getting quick pitched by his former teammate Richard, and rather than run out of the box with the ball in the air, let Hickox know how he felt, leading to one of the quickest ejections I've seen in awhile. Adding insult to ejection (that's how the saying goes, right?), Hickox almost decked Washington manager Jim Riggleman in the face when the Nats skipper came to argue Hairston's ejection.

Hairston was scheduled to serve the suspension on Sunday, against the Padres, but has appealed. Honestly, when do baseball players not appeal a suspension?