Apparently C. B. Bucknor hasn't figured out that Sammy Sosa doesn't play for the Cubs anymore, and tossed Sosa out of a Spring training game today. And it certainly didn't sound like he did anything out of the ordinary.
Now I know how most of us feel about Sosa (personally, I'm of the "I"m glad you were here for so long and thanks for the memories, but it was time for you to leave" school) but this sounds ridiculous, especially for a spring training game. But since it was Sosa who got tossed, and we all know that Bucknor has been out to get the Cubs over the past few seasons, I wonder what this means.
It could mean that Bucknor hates the Cubs, and he still associates Sosa with the Cubs. Or it could mean that Bucknor has always hated Sosa, and just hated the Cubs because Sammy was on the team. Or maybe the American League team he loves to destroy is the Orioles.
But whatever it is, there is no reason why this man should ever be umpiring a major league baseball game. In addition to his ridiculous hair trigger, the man is a terrible umpire, repeatedly blowing calls and then ejecting players and managers who point this out. He also appears to be one of those prima donna umpires who think the game is about them rather than the players.
I know it would be difficult to fire this guy over the objection of the umpires union, but there has got to be some way of getting rid of this stain on the game. I believe he finished first in the poll of players on who the worst umpire was a couple of years ago, and I think any objective analysis would support that. I'd bet, if you could get them in a room where they thought no one was listening, his fellow umpires would say he was the worst too.
I suppose it could be good news for the Cubs if his beef with the team was just Sosa and he'd lay off on us now, but I kinda doubt that's the case. He seems to have it in just as much for Baker and Wood and all the rest.
Finally, it's depressing to think that we're going to have to make the playoffs with having this guy behind the plate four or five times. It might not be an automatic loss, but the odds would be stacked against us in any game he was behind the plate for. And those three wins that he might take away from us could certainly be the difference in a pennant race, as they were last season.