WATCH: Rizzo jokingly tries to rub dirt on umpire
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Years Played: 2016 - 2018
CHICAGO — Two contrasting personalities combined to make for an amusing moment in today's clash between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
After sliding and getting quite a bit of dirt on his jersey and his hands, Rizzo wanted to shed some of that dirt. Rather humorously, Rizzo feigned like he was going to rub the dirt from his right hand onto first-base umpire Joe West's shirt.
West then did exactly what Rizzo assuredly thought that he would do by abruptly stepping back to avoid Rizzo's outstretched hand and not appearing to find the humor in the situation whatsoever.
A seasoned veteran who has been umpiring Major League Baseball games for over 40 years, West has developed a reputation over the years as a no-nonsense guy, which, needless to say, Rizzo is definitely not.
While the joke made for a good laugh for Rizzo and those watching on television, West probably just considered a minor annoyance. Evidently, with West manning first base, Rizzo will have to stick to rubbing the dirt from his hands onto his pants like everyone else.