Good. That self-satisfied, self-promoting, short-tempered, and totally hypocritical pain the…uh, neck has deserved formal censure for quite a while. Why do I even know his name? I shouldn’t know any umpire’s name. They shouldn’t be that noticeable. And if they expect to be respected, they ought to act in a respectful manner.
Well, as you probably know, earlier this week a couple of umpires struck back at ballplayers for being younger and far better at baseball than they are…or for some other reason, like maybe they are just jerks. But whatever, two umpires, Bob Davidson and Joe West, acted like touchy, ill-tempered, confrontational, attention-seeking scum.
Someone needs to be on hand at Major League games to give out-of-line umpires the heave. I have never even thought this before, always thinking that the umpires had to be respected and obeyed without question or else the game is unplayable.
As a Twins fan I’m not exactly in the habit of defending the White Sox, but West’s behavior was out of line. Whether or not “he’s really had it in for the White Sox” is up for debate, but he clearly went out of his way to call multiple balks against Buehrle–it’s the first time a White Sox pitcher had two balks called since 1993 and Buehrle had a grand total of one balk called against him in the past three seasons–and then changed the entire complexion of the game (and Chicago’s next couple games) by kicking the starting pitcher out of a 0-0 matchup in the third inning.
This is beyond an umpire defending his call. I don’t know what it is, actually, I can’t recall seeing an ump stay in a player’s and a manager’s face like Davidson did. Usually they at least attempt to back up and defuse the situation. Here Davidson seemed like the most hostile guy out of the three of them.
Bob Davidson, the ump in last night’s Rays/Sox game, went so far over the line in his actions, response, demeanor, it should be used as a training video on how NOT to act as a professional umpire.