One wonders how good of a Sonderkommando Major League Baseball veteran umpire Joe West would have made at, oh, let’s say… Bergen-Belsen or Auschwitz?
After all, if the Nazis were good at anything, they were masters of;
- Adhering to hyper-technicalities in the law
- Perverting the same hyper-technicalities to silence their foes
As it turns out, West was the crew chief calling a game at Atlanta’s Truist Park, between the hometown Braves and the visiting Washington Nationals.
With a nearly 100 percent ban on non-players from the ballparks, and the noise that comes from thousands of boisterous fans in the stands, the umpiring crew is surely catching earfuls of chirping from the dugouts.
But as seen in the tweet below, crew chief West ejected from the ballyard the Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo, reportedly for failing to wear a mask. Supposedly, Rizzo took exception to the umpiring skills of home plate ump plate Hunter Wendelstedt, and Rizzo wasn’t afraid to bark-out his disapproval.
Rizzo, who was in one of the luxury boxes located in the upper deck, by himself, hundreds of feet from the closest human being, found himself being thrown-out by stadium security.
Joe West ejected Nationals GM Mike Rizzo for not wearing a mask…in a suite…by himself pic.twitter.com/41cKQfYxet
— Bad Sports Refs (@BadSportsRefs) September 6, 2020
Interestingly enough, calling out West isn’t just coming from a few angry people on Twitter and Youtube. So who dimed-out Joe West? Joe West did.
As reported by the Associated Press (emphasis mine);
Now this was an out-of-the-box ejection.
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was tossed for yelling at umpires from a luxury suite in Atlanta on Sunday, with longtime crew chief Joe West saying, “enough is enough.”
“We informed the office that if it continued we’d stop it,” West said. “And we did.”
After Chris Martin threw a pitch to Eric Thames with two outs, umpire Hunter Wendelstedt stepped away from the plate, turned to face the stands and yelled “You’re out” while cocking his thumb.
Rizzo was standing outside the box, high above the plate at Truist Park, without a mask and was barking toward the field.
“He was saying, ‘you’re brutal’ and other things,” West said. “We’re in a pandemic situation, you can hear everything.”
With no crowd in the ballpark because of the coronavirus, someone on the field could be heard saying, “call security.” West then walked to the Braves dugout to use a telephone.
Joe West doing his best Karen imitation today. pic.twitter.com/DFzafpO2I1
— Andrew Carver (@drewbensandwich) September 6, 2020