The New York Yankees will be hosting the Seattle Mariners tonight in the Bronx. It looks to be an excellent pitching match-up with Cliff Lee vs. Phil Hughes. Not only does that make it better, but Joe West will be behind the plate for the game!
West is the umpire that criticized the fact that the Yankees and Red Sox games are way too long and it is "a disgrace to baseball" to see it move so slow. Now the Yankees have a second opportunity to slow down his game and get him angry. It will be interesting to note how fast or how slow the Yankees will be pacing themselves tonight, and how much time is allowed by West.
West also got into a scuffle with Ozzie Guillen and Mark Buehrle early in the year. West called two balks on the White Sox pitcher. That was just the way that the Buehrle throws to first, apparently West doesn't understand that.
John Isner, the tennis player that won the longest tennis match ever, will be throwing out the first pitch. Isner is the guy that should be complaining about taking too long. West is a rookie when it comes to playing for hours at a time. Isner won by a final score of 70-68.
Talk about extra innings!
The Yankees welcome Isner with open arms. It may not be the same for West. I will be at the game sitting with the Bleacher Creatures in Section 203, so it will be interesting to see what kind of an ovation is given to Joe West.
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