Everybody knows how godawful an umpire Joe West is. His latest quest to one-up himself came on Sunday when he threw Jonathan Papelbon out of a game for simply adjusting himself. As if that wasn’t enough, he had the audacity to throw Pap aside by his jersey. SMPhH, indeed. This isn’t the first time Joe has thrown someone out for little to no reason. Here’s a quick list of notable and preposterous Joe West ejections:
September 18th, 1982: Ejected Twins’ CF Jim Eisenreich for being “too twitchy”.
July 3, 1986: Ejected Mets’ 1B Keith Hernandez for spitting in his “general vicinity”.
August 15, 1993: Ejected Yankees’ LHP Jim Abbott for refusing to shake his right hand before the game.
June 18, 1998: Ejected Marlins’ RP Antonio Alfonseca for illegally using extra digits on the baseball while pitching.
April 8, 2002: Ejected Indians’ 1B Jim Thome for excessive smiling.
May 4, 2005: Ejected Reds’ 1B Sean Casey for releasing a cover a Toby Keith’s “How Do You Like Me Now?”
June 14th, 2008: Ejected Pirates’ manager Jim Leyland for blowing smoke rings out of the dugout.
September 4, 2011: Ejected Phillies’ OF Hunter Pence and Manager Charlie Manuel for causing him to look him to look at replay of the original call on the field.
What a dope. Let’s Go Phillies!