Joe West made MLB historical past on Tuesday, umpiring his 5,376th sport to interrupt the file he shared with Corridor of Famer Invoice Klem.
Naturally, the 68-year-old was booed by the bulk Chicago crowd because the White Sox positioned a graphic on their scoreboard honoring the event.
The Oak Ridge Boys sang the nationwide anthem and it was wrapped up with a hearty “congratulations, Joe West!”
Then this graphic went up on the scoreboard, and folks booed. pic.twitter.com/I6HDYpiMIG
— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) Could 25, 2021
West bought his photograph taken together with his crew earlier than the sport began, then posed with managers Tony La Russa and Mike Shildt of the White Sox and Cardinals, respectively. Generally known as “Cowboy Joe” and “Nation Joe” for his affinity for nation singing and songwriting, West was honored when nation music star Garth Brooks provided congratulations for the achievement.
There was additionally an odd second in between innings by which West, reportedly by request, was provided a bouquet by the mascot San Diego Rooster in honor of the event. This too, was reportedly met with boos:
The San Diego hen offers bouquet of flowers to Joe West as he breaks the file for many video games umpired because the followers boo pic.twitter.com/qMrlEVs755
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) Could 26, 2021
Arguably MLB’s most well-known umpire, West already owned the league file with 43 years calling video games within the huge leagues. He started his profession on the age of 23 towards the tip of the 1976 season. His first plate job featured Corridor of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro throwing to Dale Murphy.
West’s tenure has not been with out controversy. In actual fact, you could possibly argue his profession is notable not just for its size, but additionally for the various run-ins he has had with gamers and managers. He has 193 ejections in his profession and has continuously obtained criticism from MLB gamers.
West obtained $500,000 in a defamation go well with filed towards Paul Lo Duca after the latter claimed the umpire took bribes. West claimed the story, shared by Lo Duca on-line, harm his possibilities of making the Baseball Corridor of Fame, by which there are solely 10 umpires.
Different notable moments in West’s profession embrace a 1990 bench-clearing brawl by which he body-slammed Phillies pitcher Dennis Cook dinner, an incident that invited suspension from Nationwide League President Invoice White however was later overturned by commissioner Fay Vincent. West was suspended three video games with out pay in 2017 after saying Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was MLB’s largest complainer. He additionally participated in a staredown with pitcher Madison Bumgarner, then with the Giants, in 2015.