I don't know if he got fined or whatever, but if we ever called an umpire pathetic and embarrassing, it would be the end of the world. We'd get fined and we'd deserve it.Anonymous Yankee:
What would happen if we called their crew pathetic and embarrassing? We would get fined, big-time. I hope the league takes some action against him, because what he said was just out of line.Terry Francona:
When you have someone in charge of running the game without bias, and then you hear those comments coming out pretty strong, it probably worries you a little bit.Joe Girardi:
We're not going to ask our hitters to change their approach to speed the game up. ... We're trying to win games, not trying to see how quick we can play.Dustin Pedroia:
Does somebody have dinner reservations? We're playing baseball. It's not a timed game. There's not a shot clock. ... If those guys have an issue with that, it might be time to pick a new profession or talk to the umpires' association about not working any more Yankees-Red Sox games.Mariano Rivera:
It's incredible. If he has places to go, let him do something else. What does he want us to do, swing at balls? ... He has a job to do. He should do his job.Derek Jeter:
You can't control the time. You can't do one thing because every game is different. ... If it's 20 minutes shorter, it's not pathetic or embarrassing? At what point is it not embarrassing? You'd have to ask him. If you go over 3:12, it's embarrassing?Jacoby Ellsbury:
The biggest thing is the TV. [Nationally televised games require 2:25 for commercial breaks every half inning, roughly 30 seconds longer than a NESN or YES game, which adds about 10 minutes to every game.] I'll go up for an at-bat, and I'll have to wait a minute and a half. ... Leading off a game, I don't know how many times I've had to wait. The pitcher is ready, I'm ready.Youkilis:
It seems every time we're ready to play the game, there's an umpire at second base holding a stop watch waiting for TV.Bonus! Twins manager Ron Gardenhire:
Over three hours is pretty much normal in baseball. You want to cut it out? Cut out the 2:25 between innings for TV. See if that's going to happen. Ain't going to happen, right? That's where they make their money.The Post's George King reveals that West himself unnecessarily delayed two of the three games in the series:
CC Sabathia confirmed that West made him change shoes in the second inning of the Opening Day game at Fenway Park. West told Sabathia he had to change his gray shoes because there wasn't any blue, a Yankees color, in them, even though the grey shoes matched the gray Yankees uniform.Players' quotes from Herald, Globe, ProJo, Post, Daily News, and MLB.com.
The next night [actually, it was two nights later; the teams were off on Monday] West told Marcus Thames he had to take tape off his wrist because it didn't match the uniform. And West stopped reliever Joba Chamberlain on the way to the bullpen to check his shoes, but told Chamberlain his cleats were OK because there was blue in them.