Joe West, a veteran Major League Baseball umpire just got done throwing out Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo after he yelled at umpires from his luxury skybox suite in Atlanta last night and said if he had to, he would do it again.
Umpire Joe West called security to apparently eject Nationals GM Mike Rizzo for not wearing a mask. pic.twitter.com/9fCYJOWJaI
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“Enough is enough,” West said to The Associated Press. “I wouldn’t take that from a player. I wouldn’t take that from a manager.”
Rizzo was yelling so loud, his complaints were picked up on the game’s television broadcast in the 7th inning.
Then, he doubled down and said, even if it was President Donald Trump heckling his umpires in the empty stadium, he’d toss him out too.
“If it was Donald Trump, I’d eject him, too. But I’d still vote for him,” he said.
West said Rizzo’s heckling echoed through the empty stadium as the Braves and Nationals played and the umpire staff at the game said if he kept doing it, they would toss him.
“We’re in a pandemic situation, you can hear everything,” West said. “We informed the office that if it continued, we’d stop it…and we did.”