Joe West scratched for tonight’s Nats-Phillies game, still manages to mess it up

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An irresistible force — Natitude — has defeated an immovable object — umpire Joe West:

And because he’s Joe West, he has already screwed the game up, even in his absence. In the first inning Bryce Harper took a walk on a questionable check swing. Because there was no ump at third base, it was very difficult for anyone to handle the appeal and it may have been a bad call (I didn’t have the game on).  Charlie Manuel came out an argued it and got ejected.

This is why Joe West is a pro, folks. His influence is always felt.