Big Joe West was up to his old tricks again on Saturday night — injecting himself into the middle of a game that really didn’t need his shtick.
West, for some reason, seemed to have an issue with Phillies reliever Austin Davis checking out his scouting sheet during the eighth inning of the game. This is common among pitchers, as they keep notes on hitter tendencies, in hopes of getting them out. But West wasn’t having it, and he actually confiscated the piece of paper.
Having a wild card ref like West in the mix can be very detrimental when you’re participating in sports betting. Having them eject a pitcher can completely change the outcome of a game.
West claimed he was trying to ensure there was no foreign substance — such as pine tar — on the piece of paper.
Just West being West.