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Joe West: gamer

May 31, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

Joe West AP

I praised Joe West for making the right call in playing the Royals-Cardinals game to its conclusion. Now some pre-praise for the work he and his crew are going to be doing today. The game they officiated ended at 3:14 AM. Figure it took a bit to close up shop and change clothes so they’re leaving the park at, I dunno, 4 AM at the earliest?

Fine and dandy, except for the fact that, as Derrick Goold reports, West and his crew are calling today’s 1:20 PM start for the Diamondbacks-Cubs game.  Goold notes that there was a limo waiting outside to take them from St. Louis to Chicago.

Here’s hoping it’s not a close game or, at the very least, there aren’t any controversial calls.  But if there are, for once the umps have a fairly legit excuse.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Thanks for posting this Craig. Like many others, I complain about bad calls, yet in this case the umpires went above and beyond the call of duty, to their own detriment, in the best interest of the game of baseball.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 31, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      Oh please, it’s called doing your job. Above and beyond? lol come on

      • proudlycanadian - May 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        I respectfully disagree with you.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 31, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        You would make an excellent kindergarten teacher

      • proudlycanadian - May 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Some Red Sox fans completely disagree with you.

      • cur68 - May 31, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        Looks like some people are having trouble with courtesy and politeness on the intertubes, PC.

        Good Morning, Mr. CobbFromFan etc. This is what is known as “a gentle pat on the back from an appreciative reader” as opposed to “bitching non-stop”. You should be familiar with that last. Its sort of your stock in trade.

        I ALSO respectfully disagree with you. Lets see if you can manage the same level of courtesy, eh? It’ll be something different from your more usual fare.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 31, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        You sound like you would make a good mom. Holycouldn’tcarelessifyoufindmycommentstoberudebatman.

        I consider you an idiot Cur68, always have, I’ve never cared about your opinion on things, ever. If you’re looking for politeness get off the net.

      • geoknows - May 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        Speaking as one who watched every minute of this game, the umps had eleventy billion reasons to call this game hours before they resumed it, and they would have been well within the rule book to do so. They realized that doing so would have been, pardon the pun, a royal screw job.

        It might also have helped had the Cardinals grounds crew performed their duties with a bit more enthusiasm. After the delay they prepped the field with all the alacrity of a herd of turtles. I think they were hoping the skies would open up again. The St Louis contingent was decidedly unhappy that they had to resume the game.

      • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        To review:

        tycobb = troll
        tycobb hates vagina.
        Don’t talk to tycobb.

      • cur68 - May 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        Tsk. Looks like Mr. CobbFromFanGraphs has wet the bed again.

        I think ‘philliac has this pretty much correct: your garden variety troll. Ever met one of these people in person, ‘philliac? Its a trip. In real life they are mice. Utterly spineless. In fact, I might have just insulted mice there. Even a mouse will fight if it has no choice.

        I’m always amused by them on the intertubes. They can really bring it with the pent up small-mindedness and thwarted rage. You can tell JUST who they’ll go for, too. The sort of people who routinely, in the lil troll’s everyday life, try to help them and thus make the lil troll feel smaller and more ashamed of being essentially useless.

        He’s insulted teachers & moms here and went out of his way to have it out with a colleague and friend of ours who happens to be a nurse. Now there’s a track record!

      • Panda Claus - May 31, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Speaking of “doing your job”, isn’t it about time you got one?

      • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        cur, I had the displeasure of his acquaintance once too. I am familiar with his online posturing. It isn’t even very witty or hurtful. Pretty much replacement level.

      • dluxxx - May 31, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        Seems to me that he picked a great moniker. An asshole posting under an asshole’s name.

      • nbjays - May 31, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        I must admit, ‘philiac, that I giggled at this:

        “tycobb hates vagina.”

        The irony is that, whether or not he hates vagina, he certainly enjoys acting like a douche.

    • natslady - May 31, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      It’s about a six hour drive, though if you push it and don’t stop you can make it in five. You can hate umps all you want (and Country Joe in particular) but he did the right thing and that’s not much sleep!

  2. cur68 - May 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Good thing he has replay and the best technology of the day to assist him with his calls, right? Oh. That’s right. West and the rest of the Umps DO NOT have the benefit of common technology available to any schlepp who was ALSO up all hours watching that game last night.

    I guess the “Human Element” has to allow for “really tired old overweight guys making judgement calls in the heat of the day and WITHOUT benefit of a TV broadcast”. Should be a GREAT game.

    • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Dude, it’s Diamondbacks-Cubs, not the Grand Ole Opry. The limo comes whether the fans are happy or no. Shouldn’t you, paper, and the Woodpecker be loading water balloons in your tree fort or something?

      • cur68 - May 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Water balloons? My Dear Ole Philliac, we don’t load mere water balloons. We’ve constructed a 1/3 scale medieval catapult and load carefully crafted bladders of wit, charm, erudition, and a soupçon of the finest di-hydrogen oxide we could find.

        Our targets? Well not just ANYONE, of course. We generally behave with charm and decorum towards the ladies (smile for us, girls. If you don’t we’ll have us a wet tee shirt contest right here). If we detect that someone’s a child or minor, we try to gently educate and encourage a thorough schooling in life’s more important things.

        Trolls of course get it right in the kisser.

      • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        Ahem. I am not old. Uncle Moses told me so.

        Please don’t get my book wet.

      • cur68 - May 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        I don’t believe any of us would want to harm a book. Best set it down somewhere safe. Besides, all going well, there’ll be some sweet, sweet troll action ’round here soon.

      • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        But, it’s a fiction about an imaginary place called Albrrrta. 😦 I’m just getting to the good part. Beaver vs. nature and all that.

      • nbjays - May 31, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Nuh uh, water balloons are verboten in Albrrrrta… those frozen suckers HURT!

      • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        I’ll bet! I sure wouldn’t want an ice balloon to the kisser!

      • stlouis1baseball - May 31, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        Listen Women…my name’s Bennett and I ain’t in it!
        But I do have a confession to make.
        This is gonna hurt…

        I actually agree with Ty’s grouchy…rude…decrepit old ass.
        The umps were doing their jobs. I am not of the “pat you on the back for doing what you are supposed to do mold.” Unless it is my 9 yr and 6 yr old little girls. But I am softie when it comes to them. By the same token…I am also not of the “participation ribbon” mindset either. I know. I am a horrible person.

        On a better note: Your “vagina” comment made me laugh out loud. You haven’t called him out for that in a while. Thank you for the laugh. Cause’ that shits funny!

      • stlouis1baseball - May 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        My Father used to say…”We buy the boy books and he rips the pages out of em'”

      • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        I thought of you as I was cooking dinner the other night with the game going in the background. That’s how you listen to the game like a woman — you’re in the kitchen with the game up loud so you can hear it (and you run out with an onion in one hand and a knife in the other when you hear the crowd roar to see what happened). :)

        You can agree with tycobb about the umps, though it sounds like they could’ve cut it short if they were lazy about it. Insulting people for politely disagreeing with you is another thing altogether.

        PS I think that ol’ vagina-hater went and thumbed down all my comments. Lame-o.

      • skids003 - May 31, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        histrio, buy you one of those little flat screens to go in your kitchen, I keep up with the Braves like that. They aren’t too expensive, and they are better than falling on a knife.

      • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        You are right. It’s totally not safe to do. Bad, historiophiliac. Bad.

      • cur68 - May 31, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        She’ll be running with scissors, next. Someone needs to keep an eye on her.

  3. danrizzle - May 31, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I think the principal argument against robot umps is that they would never be able to gather themselves to handle such hard duty. Only the indomitable human spirit can overcome such circumstances and deliver the product professionally.

  4. mustbechris - May 31, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Joe West says it’s cold outside outside, and he hands me my raincoat. He’s always worried about things like that.

  5. aceshigh11 - May 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    That guy’s got more chins than a really fat Chinese fat chick who’s got lots of chins, cuz she’s really fat…and also a c***”

    — Greg Giraldo (RIP)

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 31, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    If they really want to be charitable, maybe the umps can each throw an inning of relief for the Cubbies. Lord knows it wouldn’t be worse than with the Cubbies have been running out there, and it would let the “regulars” rest up a bit.

  7. newyorkshets - May 31, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Fat turd

    • proudlycanadian - May 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Typical anonymous Internet comment that the writer would never have the intestinal fortitude say directly to the individual in question.

      • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        I guess people stayed up late to watch the game last night and are crabby from lack of sleep, eh?

      • proudlycanadian - May 31, 2013 at 10:14 PM

        Possibly. Tomorrow, Detroit fans will be crabby and will be constantly repeating that notorious swear word “Valverde”.

      • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        I know I am, PC. Max was brilliant again and Miggy hit another big one. We were leading until the Big Potato blew it. 😦 Argh!

    • stlouis1baseball - May 31, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Thanks for the incredibly insightful comment little Timmy.
      You are a breath of shitty smelling air. Keep up the positive contributions little feller’.

  8. raybrower - May 31, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Joe West could end all human suffering and I would still think he was an idiot.

    • historiophiliac - May 31, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Sounds like a country song.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 31, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Hahaha! It does sound like a Country song. A really bad one. But a country song nonetheless.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 31, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        Serious multi-tasking Philiac. Impressive. Me…the stuff would have burned. Or I would have cut my finger off cutting the onion because I was distracted. Good work.
        And for what it’s worth…I am with you on the endless drivel of insults.

  9. normswifevera - May 31, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Singling out West for praise after this situation is deserved.

    It’s equally deserving to single out the Cardinals for rampant scorn for lobbying the umps to award them a game they had just lost on the field, while their grounds crew purposely worked in slow motion in the hopes that more rain would force a called game.

  10. cubfan531 - May 31, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    I was at the Cubs/D’Backs game today. No close plays, nobody booed, the game just sort of went along peacefully.

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