The Red Sox’ 0-6 homecoming to face the Yankees is going to dominate the discourse in the salons of baseball for the next 24 hours, and I predict that the amount of fretting will be more or less balanced out by the Don’t Panic Chorus. Dustin Pedroia, however, wants to make it clear to you, Red Sox fans, that you need to drop your worries at the door:
“You’re either two feet in now or you’re two feet out. Let us know now because we’re coming.”
That quote is going to play so much better with a win over the Yankees tomorrow than it will if they go to 0-7.
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)