Umpire Joe West is in deep shit after grabbing a baby and shaking it to death.
According to West, “the infant grabbed its own genitals and gestured to the crowd of happy mothers around it.” West saw this act as a lewd gesture and was defending the sanctity of life. The only way to stop the baby, according to West, was to pull the him by the bib and shake him.
The infant was pronounced dead by announcer Joe Buck who delivered the news in a very monotone and anti-Philadelphia way. West is facing a one-game suspension without pay.
Not since singer Enrico Pallazzo disguised himself as an umpire in a game between the Seattle Mariners and California Angels which for some reason took place at Dodger Stadium has an umpire caused so much controversy.