Welcome to an up close and personal, first look at the movie "Major League Baseball: Wild, Wild, West,” starring umpire Joe West.
First released in Boston, Massachusetts back in April, the movie has since premiered in Chicago, and has finally been released nationwide.
Since the release, MLB fans have recognized it's time to send West packing into the sunset, and for him to leave the game of baseball.
By no means, would this be a picture perfect ending to a long and controversial career, but this goodbye would be well deserved.
The stage-hogging ump has proven to us all, he only cares about himself, and what is best for Joe West is all that matters.
Commissioner Bud Selig would never ban West from baseball, so we're stuck watching him until he voluntarily retires from umpiring.
So if you haven't done so already, get used to seeing West's name is the news.
And trust me, it will not be worth listening too.
Please, turn off all cell phones (just kidding), and no talking during the movie (just kidding again).
The movie is about to begin.
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.
After the storm settled from Umpire Joe West's controversial remarks relating to the Yankees-Red Sox series, it didn't take long for West to make headlines once again.
On May 26, West ejected White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen in the second inning of a regular season game against the Cleveland Indians after a questionable balk by White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle.
As most managers would do, the outspoken Guillen, who is never shy to voice his displeasure about a call, went out to protect his pitcher, which resulted in Guillen watching the remainder of the game from the locker room.
Buehrle would soon be joining his manager, because one inning later, West ejected him after he dropped his glove, protesting another questionable balk call.
The last time Buehrle was called for multiple balks in a game was 1993. Buehrle has been using the same pickoff move for his entire career, and in my opinion, West was trying to show up the White Sox pitcher and manager by throwing both Buehrle and Guillen out of the game.
West clearly wanted to make a point by calling multiple balks against Buehrle, who had a total of one balk called against him in the past three seasons, and the way West handled this situation was unprofessional and out of line.
It has become evident that West simply wants to be the center of attention, and would go to whatever lengths are needed to begin promoting his new country CD, which was released last week.
Whether the newspaper headlines are positive or negative, West likes seeing his name in the papers, even if there's plenty of baggage and criticism to go along with it.
Buehrle did nothing wrong, but West thought otherwise.
It's a damn shame West was umpiring this game.
A fan pays hundreds of dollars to come to the ballpark, and to watch their baseball idols take the field. It's not often you get to watch pitcher who has thrown a perfect game, and with Buehrle on the mound, everyone got that opportunity.
To this day, West has failed to realize people don't come to the ballpark to watch him umpire, but that doesn't matter because West doesn't care about the fans.
He only cares about himself, and that was proven by his actions on May 26th, when he changed the outcome of the game.
And as long as West is around, this won't be the last time this happens.
In the wake of the Balk Fiasco, Umpire Joe West, along with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and pitcher Mark Buehrle were fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball, and no suspensions were levied.
But this wasn't about the money, or the lack of suspensions handed out.
This was about MLB not reprimanding West. Allowing him to get off with a measly fine was not a harsh enough punishment.
A day after the announcement by MLB that West would be forced to write a paycheck for his actions on May 26th, he went onto a Chicago-area sports talk radio show to discuss the Guillen-Buehrle tirade.
While West was being interviewed, his publicist circulated a press release to let the media know he would be umpiring this past weekend's Royals-Red Sox series.
But if you are unaware, a MLB umpire is unable to have a publicist, but as long as it's good for West, nothing else matters.
All umpiring itineraries, according to the policy of MLB, must be kept private at all times, but as proven before, West only cares about himself even if it's at the expense of breaking the rules.
West has continued to make a mockery of his job and the game, while continuing to promote his CD.
Since the sports world heard from West back in April, it's been all about recording a number one hit, and being on top of the music billboards.
If he wants to retire and focus on his music career, there is nothing wrong with that. I wish him the best, but when he's doing this by ruining the game, that is where the problem lies.
It's right in front of Selig's eyes and it's a shame baseball has failed to see that.
Although baseball has, I certainly have not.
Umpire Joe West should never be allowed to umpire a MLB game again.
He has used America's past time as a stepping stool for his own image, and to continuously promote his music career, while baseball has just stood there and allowed West to run his own show.
Who cares that he has served over 30-years in baseball and has worked more than 4,000 games?
Do you? I certainly don't, and if MLB banned West from umpiring, he would not be missed.
Over the past couple of months, he has made a mockery of the game, and has only cared about his professional music career.
Where has commissioner Selig been throughout all of this? Is he not aware of West's lies and deceits, and his appalling actions?
Maybe I am being a little too harsh, but baseball is perfect the way it is. We don't need to hear West's complaints or criticisms.
If he doesn't like his job, then he should quit.
West is jealous of the perfect game, because he is far from that.
Someone should tell him too look in the mirror, and then maybe he'll realize what's pathetic and embarrassing, because it's not the game of baseball.
It's Joe West.