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Joe West scratched for tonight’s Nats-Phillies game, still manages to mess it up

May 4, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

An irresistible force — Natitude — has defeated an immovable object — umpire Joe West:

And because he’s Joe West, he has already screwed the game up, even in his absence. In the first inning Bryce Harper took a walk on a questionable check swing. Because there was no ump at third base, it was very difficult for anyone to handle the appeal and it may have been a bad call (I didn’t have the game on).  Charlie Manuel came out an argued it and got ejected.

This is why Joe West is a pro, folks. His influence is always felt.

  1. natstowngreg - May 4, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Now that is a Hall of Famer.

    • rodgersmvp - May 4, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      Nah, he was juicing.

  2. sabatimus - May 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    That’s ok: if West had been in the game, he would have ejected Manuel anyway.

    • tigerman3 - May 4, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      West needs to Man up and face the music. Even Jim Joyce showed up and worked the plate the day after he messed up a perfect game.

    • Francisco (FC) - May 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Cholly ejected… who’s managing? Don’t tell me Dubee…

  3. deathmonkey41 - May 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    He might not have been able to see the check swing anyway- it’s possible one of his chins would have gotten in the way.

  4. natsattack - May 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    There’s a huge sign beyond home plate today that says #NATITUDE.

    • Utley's Hair - May 5, 2012 at 1:16 AM

      It should’ve read #INEPTITUDE.

  5. xmatt0926x - May 4, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    You have to be 35 or older to remember when Joe West was REALLY REALLY bad. This was before baseball finally stood up to the umpires union several years back. Once most of the umps were re-hired guys like West had to clean up their act somewhat. If you think some of these guys are arrogant now you should have seen them back then. Joe West would throw a guy out for nothing and stand there grinning at the player after he did it. He was nasty. Now people talk about him as if he’s some loveable sage of the umpires just because he’s been around forever.

    • Old Gator - May 5, 2012 at 1:06 AM

      Dear Buddha, who talks about that hulking ambulatory chamber pot as if “he’s some loveable sage”? You have some Orc friends?

    • bobdira - May 5, 2012 at 6:37 AM

      West is a walking poster boy for what can go wrong with unions.

  6. joebuckiscreepy - May 4, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Even though Joe West probably would have blown both calls anyway, his absence just cost the Phillies a run. Two HORRIBLE calls. What a bunch of horse*hit.

  7. xmatt0926x - May 4, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Joebuck you stole the words right from my mouth. Just after Craig posts this thereare two more horrific calls. A double over the bag called foul and Victorino clearly beating the throw at 3rd just before a hit that would have scored him. Damn Joe West!

  8. stabonerichard - May 4, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Where’s the (fat, confrontational) human element when ya need it?

  9. mplsjoe - May 4, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Well, the Phillies just got a huge call. Terrible call at home in the bottom of the 8th – go-ahead run should have scored; runner beat Rollins’ throw, which pulled Ruiz off the plate. But ump called him safe.

    • joebuckiscreepy - May 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      watch the replay, you idiot. he was clearly out.

      • evanwins - May 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

        mplsjoe is another obvious moron. the replay clearly shows Ankiel was out. CLEARLY NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.
        Meanwhile, overhyped Harper takes an unearned walk on a what was unmistakably strike 3.,,,
        A ball hit by Ruiz that was obviously fair and would have been at the very least an RBI double (to make the score 4-3 Phils) was ruled foul…
        Then Victorino was called out at 3rd on a play that wasn’t even close…

        All year I see the same thing and it’s NEVER in the Phillies favor.

        If any Nationals fan thinks they REALLY won that game then they are a desperate sad baseball fan.

        And by the way, that was the Nats “ace” against a number 6.

        See if you guys are still cheering in September.

      • mplsjoe - May 5, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        No, you idiot, he was clearly out. If you could remove your Phillies-colored glasses for 2 seconds, you’d realize that.

    • Utley's Hair - May 5, 2012 at 2:03 AM

      Ankiel’s foot is above the plate, and Ruiz had the ball prior to jumping off the plate—which may have been gravitational, but that’s irrelevant. He was clearly out on the throw.

      • mplsjoe - May 5, 2012 at 3:13 PM

        I watched the replay several times. Ruiz’ foot is off the plate before he has the ball. The runner was safe.

  10. micker716 - May 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Solo! Hay lapa no ya, Solo!

  11. paul621 - May 4, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    It doesn’t matter if they got the call right or not, really– I think Charlie was pissed that the ump asked for help from second base. Ball or strike, Charlie probably wouldn’t have made a fuss if the home plate ump just made the call himself. Bizarre choice by the HP ump…

  12. muckthefets23 - May 4, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    This may be one of the worst umped games I’ve ever seen and I’ve been watching baseball for a long time… GOD DAMN YOU JOE WEST!!

  13. danaking - May 4, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    I thought baseball had established the right to fire lousy umpires when they broke the union. They either have not, or only did it to show they could, or Joe West, Angel Hernandez, and a few others would be long gone.

  14. joebuckiscreepy - May 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    this game should have been a 9 inning, 4-3 phillies win. this is ridiculous.

    • evanwins - May 4, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Without a doubt.

      Nats will still end up 4th in the division and Phils will still win it by 8 games.

  15. A.J. - May 5, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    “Country” Joe? I prefer “Cowboy” Joe. We need an AP Nickname Style Guide ruling on this.

  16. drewzducks - May 5, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    The man, the myth the legend:

  17. chumthumper - May 6, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    I liked it better when you could tell Ron Luciano to move around, that he was killing the grass and he would do a little dance for you. (Yeah, I’m that old.)

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