Saturday night’s ALCS matchup will certainly be more memorable than most for umpire Joe West.
West, while manning second base in Game 1 of the playoff series between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros at Fenway Park, was drilled in the shoulder by an errant throw from Boston catcher Christian Vasquez.
And there was little the veteran umpire could have done about it.
West took the hit in his shoulder in the eighth inning while Astros pinch runner Jake Marisnick easily stole second base.
While you could hear fans at Fenway Park booing after the play, it ended up being a good thing. If the ball didn’t hit West it would have sailed out into the outfield, as it was sailing wide right of the bag — which could have potentially given Marisnick another base.
While Marisnick got to second base without issue, it didn’t matter. The Red Sox got out of the inning safely, and entered the ninth down just 3-2.
Fans, naturally, had some fun with the incident on social media, too.
— La Vida Baseball (@LaVidaBaseball) October 14, 2018
Joe West: Ready for the Snap pic.twitter.com/hZHK5d9nT6
— Tony Consiglio (@TonyConsiglio12) October 14, 2018
Joe West reaction when a ball is coming his way. pic.twitter.com/8gu3pl3BYC
— Roger Fritz 🇺🇸🇱🇺 (@rogerfritz) October 14, 2018
A pair of home runs from Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel in the top of the ninth, though, sent the Astros cruising past the Red Sox to the 7-2 win.
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