There are few things in the sports world more obnoxious than an umpire who craves the spotlight, which is why Joe West has long been among the most, if not the most despised ump in MLB. The longtime umpire cum country singer is known for seeking out confrontation on the diamond, and showing off his quick hook to those who would dare question his authority. In short, he sucks.
Cowboy Joe managed to thrust himself into the middle of an epic Cubs–Cardinals clash on Monday night after Chicago right-hander Kyle Hendricks lost a no-hitter in the ninth inning on a solo homer. As closer Aroldis Chapman warmed up in the bullpen, Cubs infielders went to the mound to talk with Hendricks, only for West to send them packing. Manager Joe Maddon protested and was quickly tossed from the game.
Enter Kerry Wood, retired Chicago Cubs legend, Texas fire-baller, and dropper of barrel-fire truths. After the ejection, Wood collected just about every anti-West tweet he could find onto his Twitter feed:
Then he got raw on West.
Another fan tried to bring up another loathed ump, C.B. Bucknor. Wood would have none of it:
So Bucknor is a crappy ump, whereas West is a crappy ump and a crappy human being.
Finally, Wood had had enough:
Ok I'm done. We all know he sucks. Good night.
— Kerry Wood (@KerryWood) September 13, 2016
If Joe West does end up working a Cubs game in October, here's hoping they invite Kerry Wood to throw out the first pitch.