Billy Currington Message Forum
Not logged in [Login - Register]
Go To Bottom

Printable Version  
Author: Subject: Lions' Super Bowl hopes are stuck in the middle -- as usual
linlybest
Junior Member
**




Posts: 6
Registered: 11-1-2017
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 2-28-2018 at 01:23 AM
Lions' Super Bowl hopes are stuck in the middle -- as usual


When the sixth inning began Tuesday night and the game was official, the fans at Coors Field in Denver rose and gave the home plate umpire a standing ovation, which is about as common as sending a thank you card to the Internal Revenue Service.

The umpire, Joe West, was working his 5,000th major league game and he told the Post Dispatch, "It was a very humbling experience."

And, for those of us who have known, for 40 years, the brash "Singing Cowboy," who has cut two country albums and appeared with Leslie Nielsen in one of the "Naked Gun" movies, humility is not a word commonly associated with West. This is a concept West doesn't necessarily dispute.

The 64 year old West has been his own man while on the field, making calls that others might not have made, getting into scrapes that probably shouldn't have involved him, such as when he threw Philadelphia pitcher Dennis Cook to the ground during a dispute, or getting himself suspended for getting into a shoving match with manager Joe Torre, then of the New York Mets. Or getting suspended for grabbing reliever Jonathan Papelbon's jersey during another contretemps.

Now, West says he doesn't argue as much. He merely smiles, even appears to sneer, sometimes when disputes arise.

He said his best call at least, according to current Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts came in Game 4 of the 2004 American League championship series when he called Boston pinch runner Roberts safe at second on a ninth inning steal attempt as the Red Sox were about to be eliminated in four games by the New York Yankees. Roberts eventually scored on a two out single by current Cardinals coach Bill Mueller and the Red Sox rallied to win this game, the next three to win the series and then four more to sweep the Cardinals in the World Series.

"You're one of my favorites," Roberts likes to tell West .

Two days later, West, doing the plate, was involved in a play where, in a reversal of the original call, he ruled the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez was out for slapping the ball from Boston pitcher Bronson Arroyo's hand as Rodriguez tried to reach first.

This was at Yankee Stadium and, West said, "They threw everything that they could at us. We had to stop the game and bring the riot squad out. But because we got the play right, the next day we came out and they gave us a standing ovation."

West said, "I tell all the umpires every year and they get tired of listening to me say it that their first responsibility as an umpire is to the game of baseball. That doesn't mean the commissioner's office. It means the game of baseball. Your second responsibility is to the profession of umpiring. And your third responsibility is to do what you know in your heart is honest, moral and correct. And when you do that, there are going to be times when you're going to get into trouble. You have to have courage enough to do it.

"You can't run and hide from it. You have to make the tough decisions. They didn't put you out there to call the pitch right Wholesale Jerseys China down the middle. Anybody can call that one. They didn't put you out there to call the play at first base that's wide open by two or three steps. They put you there for the tough stuff."

Worst call? "Well, I got married," joked West, who hasn't been for a long time.

To work 40 years or more at one job, which this correspondent also has done at the Post Dispatch, is one thing. But for West, who surely could have been branded as a maverick for much of his career, to rise to cheap jerseys his status as president of the umpires' union for the last eight years, is a stunner.

"No, I didn't really think I'd ever be the head of the umpires' union," West said. "In fact, when (fellow umpire) Ed Rapuano said, 'I'm going to nominate you to run for president,' I said, 'You've lost your mind.'"

If there was a party line to umpiring, West never got the invitation. Explaining, he said, "In the early years I used to get very angry when things would happen and I didn't think they were right. (Hall of Fame umpire) Doug Harvey said one day, 'You can't let this ruin your day. If they get out of line, you kick them out. But don't let them ruin your day.' That was probably a turning point in everything I did. I don't yell anymore."

His career paused for a couple of years in 1999 when he was one of 22 umpires who resigned near the end of the season in a labor dispute. Ultimately, some umpires were given severance and others were jerseys form china cheap brought back. West was in a group that wasn't brought back until 2002.

In the interim, he had secured a patent for the West Vest, an umpire's chest protector, and he was running a bar restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "I was lucky enough that I'd saved enough money wholesale nfl jerseys that I could open up a restaurant so I'd have someplace to eat," cracked West. "I don't know if I ate the profits but I certainly drank some of them."

West always has had a fondness for St. Louis, which included late nights at the old Missouri Bar and Grille, where he and proprietor Trifon Panopoulos would engage in spirited debate, which even carried over to Chicago's Wrigley Field, where, on a dare from a couple of St.

On the field, West was proud of being the first base umpire (St. Louisan Rich Rieker was at the plate) when Mark McGwire capped the Great Home cheap nfl jerseys Run Race with Sammy Sosa in 1998 by hitting two homers on the last day of the season to get to a record 70. "There was a real buzz at the ball park," said West. "It wasn't just the whole town; it was the whole country that was watching."

In 2013, Cardinals fans didn't enjoy West's appearance quite as much. On May 30, as the Cardinals and Royals were playing the last of three interleague games at Busch Stadium, the Royals scored three runs in the ninth to take a 4 2 lead. And then it began to rain for the second time. New baseball legislation would have allowed the game to be suspended and continued at a later date, but this was the Royals' last game in St. Louis that year.

The alternative, because it was the Royals' last trip in, was to revert to the score of the previous inning, which had the Cardinals winning 2 1, and award them the victory. In the interest of fairness to the Royals, crew chief West said they would wait out the delay. It turned out to be 4 hours 32 minutes.

"Even though it was a headache for everybody, it was the right thing to do," West said.

The limo that was to take West and his crew to Chicago for a game that day at Wrigley had been parked outside all that time. "I don't know what that limo cost," said West, "because his wait time was a long time."

West, who is about three seasons' worth of games from passing Bill Klem for most umpired in the majors, said one of the best lines ever proffered him by a Cardinals player came from eccentric pitcher Joaquin Andujar, who in the 1980s, told West, "Whitey Herzog has an easy job. Anybody could make out that lineup. He's got eight leadoff hitters and Jack Clark."

"There's a long history here," West said. "The coolest thing about the St. Louis fans is that they pay attention to everything that goes on. They're some of the few fans around who will actually cheer the opponent when he makes a great play.

"Of course, they've had some help, with guys like Jack Buck and Mike Shannon, who coach them along."

Cardinals Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa counts himself as an admirer of West. "There's a lot to him," said La Russa. "A lot of personality, a lot of talent, a lot pride that he took in the umpiring profession that umpires have an important role in maintaining the competition and the integrity of the game and deserved to be respected.

"He really didn't deal with anybody who disrespected him, which he shouldn't have."

It has been said that West has called attention to himself too often in his career. But West looks at it this way: "(Hall of Famer) Al Barlick and I had this conversation long ago. It was brought up that umpires should never be noticed and if it was a well umpired game, nobody will ever notice the umpires. Barlick said (sarcastically), 'That's really a good idea. If a guy balks in the winning run, let's not call it because that will bring attention to the umpires.'
View user's profile View All Posts By User
xiaoou
Junior Member
**




Posts: 15
Registered: 5-4-2018
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 6-13-2018 at 11:51 PM
xiaoou


20180614 xiaoou
ugg canada
canada goose jackets outlet
ugg boots
freshjive clothing
cheap oakley sunglasses
canada goose jackets
canada goose coats
ralph lauren shirts
adidas crazy
snapbacks wholesale
cheap nba jerseys
49ers jersey
coach outlet store
longchamp outlet
swarovski outlet store
coach outlet store
michael kors outlet online
uggs outlet
uggs outlet
cheap jordan shoes
cheap nhl jerseys
pandora outlet
tag heuer watches
air jordan retro
true religion jeans
air jordan shoes
cheap oakley sunglasses
coach outlet
christian louboutin shoes
tory burch handbags
true religion outlet
pandora jewelry
ray ban sunglasses outlet
salomon outlet
bvlgari outlet
fred perry polo
kevin durant shoes
los angeles lakers jerseys
michael kors outlet
tory burch outlet online
pandora charms sale clearance
cheap oakley sunglasses
michael kors canada
gucci outlet online
cheap jordan shoes
gucci outlet store
san antonio spurs
michael kors outlet online
chrome hearts outlet store
nfl jerseys
cheap jordan shoes
cheap ray ban sunglasses
michael kors outlet online
tory burch outlet online
kd shoes
cheap nba jerseys
longchamp bags
balmain jeans
polo ralph lauren
hermes outlet store
canada goose outlet
nike roshe run
cheap ray ban sunglasses
pandora outlet
converse shoes sale
hermes belts
kate spade handbags
ralph lauren uk
coach outlet
fitflops sale clearance
christian louboutin pas cher
canada goose jackets outlet
cheap oakley sunglasses
yeezy boost
cheap nhl jerseys
nike roshe run
michael kors outlet clearance
christian louboutin shoes
armani exchange
air max 90
supreme t shirts
ugg outlet
true religion outlet
air jordan shoes
foamposite shoes
coach outlet online
light up shoes
michael kors wallets for women
soccer jerseys wholesale
cheap jordans free shipping
dsquared2 jeans
polo ralph lauren outlet
barbour women jackets
uggs outlet
cheap jordan shoes
vans sneakers
michael kors outlet online
canada goose jackets outlet
ugg boots clearance
nike shoes outlet
kate spade
cheap jordans
jordan retro
coach outlet online
ugg boots on sale
canada goose outlet store
fitflops shoes
kate spade handbags
michael kors outlet online
fendi handbags
camisetas futbol baratas
texans jerseys
adidas outlet online
polo outlet online
ugg outlet
longchamp pliage
nfl jersey wholesale
coach handbags on sale
air max 90
ugg outlet
uggs outlet
ed hardy outlet
burberry outlet online
true religion outlet uk
adidas nmd runner
polo outlet factory store
ferragamo shoes
burberry canada
links of london jewellery
cazal outlet
canada goose outlet store
fitflops sale clearance
mlb jerseys
polo ralph lauren shirts
kd 9
coach outlet online
gucci outlet online
coach outlet online
michael kors outlet online
cheap jordan shoes
michael kors outlet online
cheap jerseys wholesale
pandora jewelry
pandora charms sale clearance
pandora charms sale clearance
coach factory outlet
cheap basketball shoes
kd 10 elite
chrome hearts online store
cheap nba jerseys
brequet wathes
michael kors outlet clearance
kate spade handbags
brequet wathes
uggs outlet
moncler jackets
football shirts
michael kors handbags outlet
lebron shoes
air jordan shoes
polo ralph lauren outlet
michael kors outlet online
michael kors
jimmy choo shoes
longchamp bags
mulberry bags
alexander mcqueen shoes
cheap oakley sunglasses
cheap oakley sunglasses
yeezy boost 350
malone souliers
jordan shoes
jordan shoes
denver broncos jersey
longchamp outlet online
canada goose outlet
nike outlet online
canada goose coats
kevin durant jerseys
swarovski jewelry
fitflops
puma shoes
gucci bags
oakley sunglasses uk
canada goose outlet store
uggs outlet
ugg boots clearance
isabel marant outlet
ray ban sunglasses outlet
jordan 4
michael kors bags
mulberry handbags sale
cheap jordan shoes
ugg boots clearance
prada bags
cheap jerseys wholesale
bally shoes
michael kors factory outlet
cheap oakley sunglasses
canada goose outlet online
burberry outlet store
oakley sunglasses wholesale
pandora charms
polo ralph lauren outlet
nike outlet store
kyrie 4
michael kors outlet clearance
swarovski outlet store
ugg outlet
oakley sunglasses wholesale
air max shoes
broncos jerseys
under armour outlet
longchamp handbags
canada goose jackets
canada goose outlet store
tory burch outlet online
air max 2015
christian louboutin shoes
pandora charms
bape clothing
swarovski uk
coach factory store
toms outlet
coach outlet
cartier bracelet
oakley sunglasses wholesale
moncler coats
michael kors outlet clearance
birkenstock shoes
true religion outlet
wellensteyn outlet
nike air max 90
pandora outlet
cheap ray ban sunglasses
michael kors outlet
air jordan shoes
swarovski jewellery
moncler outlet
uggs outlet
mulberry uk
air jordan shoes
longchamp outlet store
ray ban
jordan 12
jordan shoes
canada goose
coach outlet online
christian louboutin shoes
adidas outlet online
canada goose outlet store
fitflops
reebok shoes
a bathing ape
uggs outlet
michael kors outlet online
jordan 3
nike shoes outlet
fingerlings monkey
coach outlet online
uggs outlet
mishka snapbacks
kate spade sale
ralph lauren outlet
michael?kors?outlet?online
canada goose jackets
true religion jeans
canada goose outlet
new balance outlet
calvin klein jeans
mulberry handbags
tory burch outlet online
ralph lauren polo
ray ban sunglasses outlet
cheap ray ban sunglasses
kate spade handbags
nike shoes
air max 90
g-star jeans
christian louboutin shoes
coach outlet online
canada goose jackets
michael kors outlet online
ray ban
isabel marant shoes
michael kors outlet online
gucci outlet online
kate spade sale
air max 90
ralph lauren outlet
mbt outlet
air max 95
coach outlet online
jordan 32
jordan retro
coach outlet online
nike air max 2017
canada goose jackets
stuart weitzman shoes
diesel jeans
canada goose outlet store
kobe bryants shoes
arcteryx jacket
mac cosmetics
pandora charms sale clearance
michael kors uk
cheap ugg boots
true religion jeans sale
cheap jordans
cheap oakley sunglasses
adidas nmd r1
cheap ugg boots
jimmy choo sunglasses
furla handbags
canada goose jackets
uggs outlet
polo ralph lauren
moncler jackets
coach outlet online
cheap oakley sunglasses
nike uk store
michael kors outlet online
ralph lauren polo
herve leger dresses
pandora charms sale clearance
jordan shoes
coach outlet
fila sneakers
michael kors outlet online
swarovski outlet store
bottega veneta outlet online
ray ban sunglasses outlet
coach outlet online
ferragamo shoes
tory burch outlet stores
oakley sunglasses wholesale
oakley sunglasses
cheap ray ban sunglasses
bcbg dresses
jordan shoes
adidas soccer shoes
ralph lauren outlet
james harden shoes
mulberry handbags
manolo blahnik outlet
audemars piguet watches
hermes birkin bag
ferragamo outlet
longchamp solde
prada outlet online
coach canada
coach outlet online
lacoste polo
uggs outlet
polo ralph lauren outlet
cheap ray ban sunglasses
longchamp pas cher
tods outlet online
cheap jordan shoes
fitflops
mont blanc pens
adidas y3 shoes
true religion outlet store
moncler outlet online
adidas wings shoes
canada goose outlet store
ralph lauren polo
2018 world cup jerseys
harry winston jewelry
chopard jewelry
undefeated shoes
cheap soccer jerseys
fitflops sale clearance
mulberry handbags
ferragamo shoes
marc jacobs sale
nike shoes outlet
nobis jackets
christian louboutin shoes
uggs clearance
golden state warriors
mulberry bags
off white clothing
michael kors outlet online
adidas yeezy boost
canada goose outlet
ecco outlet
ferragamo shoes
jordan 4
michael kors outlet clearance
michael kors outlet online
true religion outlet
cheap football shirts
cheap jordans for sale
reebok shoes
hermes outlet store
mulberry outlet,mulberry handbags outlet
true religion outlet
louboutin outlet
prada bags
longchamp handbags sale
tory burch outlet online
belstaff jackets
soccer cleats
jerseys from china
michael kors outlet online
coach outlet online
true religion jeans
mont blanc outlet
michael kors handbags
ferragamo shoes
air force 1 shoes
nike store uk
coach outlet
ugg outlet
adidas store
coach outlet
supreme
nike air huarache
fossil watches
nike revolution
michael kors uk
van cleef arpels jewelry
polo ralph lauren
kate spade sale
ralph lauren outlet
givenchy jewelry
fitflops sale clearance
true religion outlet
canada goose outlet store
carrera sunglasses
coach outlet
coach outlet store online
longchamp handbags
coach outlet online
birkenstock shoes
cheap oakley sunglasses
stussy hoodie
michael kors outlet online
louboutin shoes
nike blazer pas cher
balenciaga shoes
colts jerseys
coach outlet
toms outlet
mcm backpacks
polo ralph lauren outlet
blackhawks jerseys
michael kors outlet online
canada goose jackets sale
polo ralph lauren shirts
nike factory store
canada goose outlet
coach outlet
canada goose outlet store
supra shoes sale
ugg outlet
mlb jerseys
michael kors outlet online
louboutin shoes
canada goose outlet
michael kors outlet clearance
coach outlet clearance
oakley sunglasses wholesale
karen millen dresses
pandora charms sale clearance
ray ban sunglasses outlet
giuseppe zanotti shoes
chloe outlet
burberry outlet sale
canada goose jackets
kate spade sale
uggs outlet
canada goose jackets
mizuno shoes
canada goose outlet store
michael kors outlet online
gentle monster sunglasses
coach outlet
christian louboutin shoes
prada shoes for men
guess factory
coach outlet online
valentino shoes
ugg boots clearance
air jordan shoes
champion clothing
longchamp pliage
coach outlet online
pandora outlet
fitflops shoes
prada sunglasses for women
ugg outlet stores
air max shoes
ysl outlet online
nike pegasus
ralph lauren outlet
oakley sunglasses wholesale
lacoste shirts
alife clothing
toms outlet
coach outlet store online
air more uptempo
pandora charms sale clearance
true religion outlet
chloe sunglassess
basketball jerseys
nike air max 90
givenchy handbags
michael?kors?handbags
polo ralph lauren shirts
10 deep clothing
ferragamo shoes sale
true religion uk
kate spade outlet online
coach outlet
nhl jerseys
suicoke sandals
asics running shoes
coach outlet online
pandora charms sale clearance
bulgari jewelry
miu miu shoes
ralph lauren outlet
adidas shoes
moncler jackets
michael kors outlet online
pandora charms sale clearance
coach outlet
cheap oakley sunglasses
oakley sunglasses wholesale
kobe 9 elite
kate spade sale
ravens jerseys
nike air force 1
oakley sunglasses
huf clothing
tory burch outlet online
true religion outlet
nike air huarache
cheap oakley sunglasses
ray ban sunglasses outlet
kobe shoes
ralph lauren polo
michael kors outlet
coach handbags outlet
cleveland cavaliers jerseys
kate spade outlet online
ray ban sunglasses outlet
canada goose jackets
michael kors outlet
nfl jerseys
cheap ray ban sunglasses
pandora outlet
true religion jeans
james harden jerseys
cheap ray ban sunglasses
christian louboutin shoes
ray ban sunglasses outlet
michael kors handbags
ralph lauren shirts
michael kors outlet clearance
canada goose jackets
20180614
View user's profile View All Posts By User

  Go To Top

Powered by XMB
XMB Forum Software © 2001-2010 The XMB Group
[Queries: 17] [PHP: 28.6% - SQL: 71.4%]