Fans crushed MLB umpire Joe West after his horrible missed call changed the Yankees-Red Sox game
The Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays are in a dead heat for the American League wild card spots. And if Boston ends up missing out on a postseason appearance, it’ll be tough to overlook the horrible night that umpire Joe West had on Sunday.
He very well may have impacted an entire playoff race.
The Red Sox took the lead in the seventh inning after Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo dropped a fly ball in left field. With the two teams tied in the standings, this game had major postseason implications, and the Red Sox had all the momentum — briefly.
The game would swing in the top of the eighth when Aaron Judge should have been called out on a caught foul-tip third strike. Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez caught the ball and as he was reaching for it in his glove on the transfer, the ball fell out.
West just straight-up missed the call, giving Judge new life.
Then, this happened
On the next pitch, Judge drove the go-ahead, two-run double to the gap in center field. What should have been a strikeout turned into the game-changing hit. Giancarlo Stanton would pile on with a two-run home run the following at-bat.
And while West was demonstrably bad behind the plate for both teams (as seen below), the Red Sox had every reason to be upset about the missed call during Judge’s at-bat.
Vazquez clearly dropped the ball on the transfer — it wasn’t particularly close either. No wonder fans crushed West for his performance that game.
This was how Twitter reacted
The game will be better off without West.