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Do You Mean “Dump Joe West?”

September 4th, 2011 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Do You Mean “Dump Joe West?” | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McCormick

I shouldn’t really be surprised, should I?  Especially considering the fact that Facebook reminded me a few days ago that my status a year before was “[My daughter] could do a better job as an ump, and she’s in diapers.  And nonverbal.  And legally blind.”

A year later, Olivia is a chatterbox, her vision has improved somewhat, and the potty issue is a work in progress.  One thing remains the same, though: she seems to think she can do what she wants and make up rules as she goes along.  Sound familiar?

Today’s game at Sun Life Stadium (“a dump,” according to Ricky Bo, and I concur) wasn’t much to talk about … until the top of the sixth.  Hunter Pence would have been out had it not been for fan interference.  That call should have been made on the spot; Joe West should have been able to say that Petersen would have made the catch easily, send Howard back to first, and move on.

Instead, West chose to gather the ump crew and watch instant replay.  Upon review, West sent Pence back to the dugout and Howard back to first base.  While this was the correct call, West used improper means to come to that conclusion.  Instant replay in baseball is for close homerun balls, which this clearly was not.

Enter Charlie Manuel.