MLB umpire Joe West has forgotten the Mark Twain truism that it’s best to be silent and thought to be an idiot than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.
This week he gave an interview and revealed an impressive lack of knowledge about the COVID-19 pandemic.
To him, Joe Diffie had lung cancer when he died from the coronavirus, therefore his death shouldn’t be counted as a coronavirus death. He is unaware of the meaning of “proximate cause.”
He claimed that hospitals get paid more for coronavirus cases, so car wreck injury victims get diagnosed with COVID-19. I’ll be generous and assume he doesn’t know he just accused the entire medical community of insurance fraud. Still, it’s appallingly stupid…and as a medical professional, I am offended.
He also stated that, at 67, he’s survived many viruses and that no virus was going to take him down. That’s the Jeopardy $100 answer to the question “What are famous last words, Alex?”
Joe West is 65 regular season games shy of breaking the record for most games umped. That means we “get” to see him ump shows in 2021 too. Yay.
Today, the umpires’ association made it clear West does not speak for them. It’s rare they don’t back members no matter how obviously wrong they are, but this was obviously too much. They should, however, replace his mask with a gag.