We regret to inform you that Joe West is at it again.
The veteran, somehow-still-employed MLB umpire had a brutal call on Friday night that may have changed the outcome of the Blue Jays-Yankees game.
With the Blue Jays leading 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Gardner had a 3-1 count, and took a pitch that was clearly ball four. Except to West.
It doesn't get worse than this.
— Umpire Auditor (@UmpireAuditor) September 21, 2019
Hey @MLB ,
You're going to have a missed call in the playoffs be the story instead of the game. No responsibility for the @MLBUA. At least Joe West took off his mask hoping Gardy would start a fight with him.
I'd say fix it but we'll wait till someone gets screwed in October. pic.twitter.com/SOtH8R7qqf
— Jake Story (@TalkinJake) September 21, 2019
— Matt Martell (@mmartell728) September 21, 2019
Rather than being rewarded with a walk as the game-tying run, Gardner was given a full count and proceeded to line out. The Yankees lost the game 4-3.
At least the fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium got what they paid to see- The Joe West Show.