In a weird but fun story, MLB umpire Joe West broke the MLB umpired games record. But that’s not why this story is bizarre. The reason this story is bizarre is what Joe West requested as a special treat for breaking the record. He wanted the San Diego Chicken to give him a bouquet of flowers for the special moment. And the game itself? Well it wasn’t played in San Diego; it was played in Chicago between the Cardinals versus the White Sox.
The San Diego chicken gives bouquet of flowers to Joe West as he breaks the record for most games umpired as the fans boo pic.twitter.com/qMrlEVs755
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 26, 2021
The San Diego chicken actually had to come out of retirement for this special occasion. And Joe West was met with a scattering of boos (of course he’s an umpire).
Jimmy Ballgame is really excited about a particular fan in the stands at tonight's game: "There he is! If you don't like the San Diego chicken you just don't like baseball."
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) May 26, 2021