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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

This Just In: Beckett Is Still A Clueless Jerk

From the Beat Him With A Cluestick Dep't:
“I don’t really feel like I did anything. It’s unfortunate,” Beckett said. “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do. Am I supposed to go give him a hug? I wasn’t really in a hugging mood right then. I don’t really know what they wanted me to do.

“They made their own judgement on it. I had two umpires tell me that I handled it great. One of them publicly said that. The other one told me twice, once when I was coming off the mound and once right afterwards.”

Which basically tells you that crew chief Country Joe West is even worse than I had imagined. Let's review the situation here:
  1. Abreu got a late time-out call. This is not in dispute.
  2. Beckett then threw at Abreu's head.
  3. Abreu doesn't even start to move out of the batter's box until well after the pitch is thrown, and despite charges that some (apparently blind) Sox partisans have lodged, he was actually moving away from the plate when he did.
  4. Throwing behind the batter is the most dangerous missed pitch — outside of a pitch to the head — because the batter's natural tendency is to move back from the plate, but into the pitch.
  5. Even if one assumes that Beckett was completely innocent in the pitch (which, given his history of head-hunting, this is a stretch), he has no excuse for leaving the mound and inflaming the situation.
Frankly, he's lucky he wasn't ejected on the spot.

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Is there any way we can get a suspension for Joe West too?
Joe West should be at the bottom of the deck when they start dealing out 2009 post season umpiring assignments. Correct me if I am wrong, but was not West also the home plate umpire for the Giants @ Dodgers opener the next day? The silver lining on Easter Sunday was Bobby Abreu getting the two rbi game winning hit (I know it is an unofficial stat, but I strongly suspect Bill James still secretly counts them for the Bosox) off of Josh Beckett.
Yes he was.

He also incomprehensibly defended Doug Eddings after the latter's godawful officiating in the 2005 ALCS.
i may be naive, but i honestly will throw out #2, so #4 is irrelevant too. Beckett's crime is #5 and that alone and by itself should have immediately gotten him thrown out.

West is getting his too - a) very publically and b) likely was privatelt taken to the proverbial woodshed. It's a rare event for the authorities in the office not to uphold the authorities on the field.

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