Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ozzie goes on tirade against umpire Joe West

By Stephen Borelli

USA Today

By Mark Duncan, AP
The day after Rays manager Joe Maddon and outfielder Carl Crawford were ejected for getting into it with umpire Bob Davidson, the White Sox's Ozzie Guillen and Mark Buehrle had their own spat with ump Joe West during a wild White Sox win Wednesday in Cleveland.

West ejected Guillen and Buehrle following two balk calls on Buehrle. After the game, Guillen unloaded on West.

"He's (an expletive)," Guillen said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "That's what he is. I just went out to ask him ... I'm not going out to argue about the balk because the rule, but I went out to ask him why he's embarrassing Buehrle and he give me one of this (dismissing him with his hands). When you're a professional and you have to respect the managers, the way we're supposed to respect the umpires, they are supposed to respect back."

The Sun-Times reported West denied Guillen told him he was embarrassing Buehrle.

"He didn't say that to me," West said. "I don't know what he's talking about. Ozzie came out because Buehrle was making gestures on the mound that could have got him kicked out so he was protecting Buehrle, that's all he was doing. I don't have a problem with that."

West made the first call in the second inning and exchanged words with Guillen while the manager was in the White Sox dugout. It led to Guillen's 22nd ejection of his career , according to Chicago Tribune, which also reported this was the third time West tossed him. Guillen came onto the field to argue with West and, as he left it, dropped his sunglasses and lineup card.

West called another balk on Buehrle in the third, and the pitcher threw his glove to the ground, which West said got him ejected. The left-hander had to be restrained by teammates after the umpire threw him out.

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