On April 8, 2010, Umpire Joe West sparked controversy by criticizing the slow pace of the Yankees/Red Sox series, which he called “pathetic and embarrassing."
Although West was not fined by MLB for his comments, West was publicly criticized for his remarks, and according to reports, was criticized behind closed doors as well.
West's remarks were uncalled for, and he should've kept his comments to himself. This would've been what's best for the game, but West doesn't care about baseball—only about himself.
I have been watching Yankees-Red Sox games for years, and I have grown accustomed to expect long drawn out games when these two teams play.
West should not have been "surprised" or annoyed about the length of the two games, 3 hours and 46 minutes and 3 hours and 48 minutes, respectively, because this is baseball at its finest.
This is what these games have become, and there is nothing wrong with that.
As a baseball fan, this is what we must expect, and no one should have a problem with watching long, and entertaining games. I certainly don't, but apparently, West does.
West adamantly stated that both teams tried to employ a strategic approach that involves hitters taking pitches, and pitchers attempting to be too perfect.
Obviously West feels there is something wrong with wanting to throw a perfect game, or waiting for the perfect pitch to hit. Sounds to me like West wants to be anywhere but on the baseball diamond performing his job.
West cares more about his image and ego than umpiring a game. He has been criticized for poor umpiring and trying to change the outcome of the game over the years, and the Yankees-Red Sox series was just another example of how poor his umpiring skills really are.
How West was scheduled to umpire another Red Sox series starting last Thursday was simply appalling. After his comments, he should never be allowed to work another game again.
I don't care if he's umpired two All- Star Games, four Division Series, seven League Championship Series and four World Series.
As a MLB Crew Chief, those comments were unacceptable, and Commissioner Bud Selig failed miserably by not fining West.
West needed to be taught a lesson, and MLB failed to capitalize on the opportunity.
And in my eyes, the only embarrassing and pathetic thing about the Yankees-Red Sox series was West.
Not the pace of play, the outcome, or the players.
Only the umpire wearing No. 22.
The Yankees and Red Sox provide the greatest rivalry in baseball and fans that appreciate good baseball are willing to sit through extra time waiting for the drama to unfold.
But West is a miserable old man, who doesn't know what's good for the game.
It's time for him to apologize and move on.
Actually, I don't want to hear an apology. I just want him to move on.