The Twins lost again to the Red Sox today (and looked pathetic doing it), so instead of evaluating that pitiful performance, I’m going to take my anger out on a different source:
Yep…”Cowboy” Joe West, major league umpire. I know that major league players and managers get fined for criticizing umpires, so writing this makes me look over my shoulder a bit, but consider:
On Friday night, Joe West interjects himself into the Terry Francona row:
On Saturday afternoon, he calls a runner out at second base (trying to steal) when the batter at home plate had drawn ball four.
Earlier today, a Jason Kubel fair ball down the right field line at Fenway Park clips him, turning an easy extra-base hit into a single.
Now, from what I have always understood, umpires are supposed to be “seen but not heard”. In fact, they really shouldn’t be seen whatsoever, either. Of course, I realize that their job is much more difficult than anybody gives them credit it for (look what happened to Jim Joyce last season), but this Joe West just seems to rub me the wrong way. Same with our manager, as Gardy won’t even look at him anymore.
My two hopes for tomorrow: 1. A Twins win, so they can avoid another series loss; and 2. A game with the only mention of Mr. West being his pregame introduction.
Preview (12-20, 4th, 3.5 GB DET): Nick Blackburn (2-4, 4.41) vs. Josh Beckett (2-1, 2.35)