Umpiring is a difficult job — a thankless one that results in more criticism than praise. That said, woo boy is CB Bucknor having a bad few days.
Bucknor, for whatever reason, thought Chase d’Arnaud had fouled off a Shawn Kelley offering. Replays showed d’Arnaud had not. Bucknor, nonetheless, brought everyone back onto the field to finish the game. Once the game resumed, d’Arnaud struck out, and that was that — so far as the game went, anyway, because Jayson Werth got in Bucknor’s face.
Werth had added incentive for being ticked — check out the pitch Bucknor rung up Werth on earlier in the night:
On Wednesday, Bucknor called this Bryce Harper batted ball a catch. Yes, really:
Fortunately, for the Nationals, the other umpires got together and overruled Bucknor’s error, awarding Harper a single.
Predictably, Twitter has had some fun with Bucknor’s questionable calls, including the Braves’ television partner:
On the bright side, the week is almost over. On the less-bright side, Bucknor’s shaky umpiring is likely to continue beyond this week.