UPDATE: Ozzie expanded on his earlier comments in the postgame presser:
Guillen said that West told him “to get the
(bleep) off the field.” Guillen said he knew that managers, players and
coaches cannot argue balk calls, but felt that West overstepped his
“He thinks he’s the (bleep)
in the field,” said Guillen, who could be both fined and suspended.
“People pay to watch (bleeping) players play, not to see umpires and
managers. I don’t see any people say, ‘I’m going to see Ozzie Guillen
manage or Joe West (bleeping) umpire.’ ”
“Joe’s been that way for a
lot of years … Sometimes he thinks (bleeping) people pay to watch him
Worth noting that it’s not at all clear that Ozzie was angry when he said this. He kind of goes on like that all the time. Usually he just makes sure he’s off the record first.
3:45 P.M: I’m totally with old Ozzie on this one in theory — umpire Joe West was totally out of line this afternoon — but Guillen’s post-game comment on West might be a bridge too far:
“He’s a f—ing a–hole.”
I don’t know that they’ve come up with computers sophisticated enough
to calculate the size of the fine Guillen is gonna get for that one.
The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”
Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.
After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.