The COVID-19 pandemic managed to disrupt our world in unusual ways including the blaring silence heard in ballparks across the nation. The echo of the fan-less seats in MLB are proving to be more distracting than the heckles of a crowd due to the fact that every single thing can be heard. Just ask veteran umpire Joe West.
During Sunday’s Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves game, West turned heads when he issued an ejection to Nats general manager Mike Rizzo, who was sitting in a luxury suite in the upper deck of Truist Park, according to multiple outlets including USA Today.
At first, it was thought that West ejected Rizzo for not wearing a mask. Turns out, voices carry in an almost empty venue and West was done with remarks he heard from the GM, the Associated Press reported.
According to multiple sources including CBS, West repeatedly told