Davidson in his most favorite pose (Whig.com)
It’s September, which means that baseball is nearly at the end of its season and football is beginning to take precedent in American sports for many fans. Of course, this doesn’t mean that baseball has already lost its most colorful moments of the year. Take, for example, the recent game last Tuesday between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee’s Miller Park. What happened during that game, at that park, and on that night was despicable; we, as sports fans, should all be outraged for the events that unfolded in the city where Jeffrey Daumer once called home. And once again, as I previously commented on a few months ago, what happened had nothing to do with any one player, coach, or even the game itself. Instead, our attention was turned to an umpire—good ole Bob Davidson.
Go ahead and Google Mr. Davidson. What did you come up with? Nothing but a tremendous amount of disappointment from all corners of the sports world for that man, right? Well, he deserves it. In case you missed it, Davidson went on an all out testosterone-filled, self-fulfilling act of ejecting three people, folks, from what has now become a very memorable game. That’s right, I said three people, and he received some assistance from one of his crew members, who threw out Brewers’ manager Ken Macha in the second inning.
After the stage had been set for Davidson after Macha was ejected, Davidson ejected Cardinals’ pitching coach Dave Duncan, Brewers’ center fielder Chris Dickerson, and Sean Ottow, some guy who was sitting in the seats behind home plate. The latter completed what one blogger referred to as the “superfecta.” Well, I suppose it was a good night for horse racing fans.
Apparently, in the seventh inning, Davidson had enough of Ottow’s heckling of Cardinals’ catcher Yadier Molina (who is a tremendous backstop, by the way). Davidson said in at least one account that he believed Molina was going to go after the fan if he had not intervened, because Ottow made several homosexual slurs toward Molina. What? Where in the rulebook is that allowed? Well, according to the Major League Baseball rulebook, such a stunt is not allowed. In fact, umpires are only allowed to eject fans if they come onto the playing field.
Davidson has a history of making such tremendously bad calls or terrible decisions with regard to the game. Hell, just this year, he had another memorable poor performance on the diamond. Remember that blown call he had in the Phillies-Marlins game, which costs the Marlins the game? According to one sports reporter, “…if [we] listed every call that Davidson got wrong [we’d] be typing for the next 48 hours at least. He’s a disgrace to the game and has been for many, many years. Baseball people laugh at him.” Them some harsh words, my friends.
In other “looker” news, Virginia Tech has failed to meet pre-season expectations of many college football analysts by going 0-2 this past weekend. They fell to the nationally known super power James Madison Dukes by the score of 21-16. Although it put JMU on the map, it pretty much ended VaTech’s hope for a BCS bowl in January. In addition, Boise State is (once again) screwed from making it to the national championship if they go undefeated during the regular season again this year. I don’t know whether to chuckle or feel sorry for the Broncos.
(AP Photo, The Roanoke Times, Justin Cook)
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