ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 13 - He was seated in 1F on American Airlines Flight 1455, his eyes closed and his headphones on. Twenty feet away, passengers discussed the frantic way the Chicago White Sox stifled the Los Angeles Angels, 2-1, in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. The man in 1F had been immersed in the chaos the night before, but he could not hear them.
Doug Eddings, the home-plate umpire who made a disputed call that helped the White Sox win in the ninth inning Wednesday night, was in first class on the flight from Chicago to Santa Ana, Calif., on Thursday. He undoubtedly wished he could remain anonymous.
But Eddings will no longer be an anonymous man in blue. After ruling that catcher Josh Paul trapped Kelvim Escobar's third strike to A. J. Pierzynski, allowing Pierzynski to dash to first base and later score the winning run, Eddings became notorious.
"You don't want that," Eddings said. "You want everything to go smoothly. But that's why they pay me to do this job. In tough situations, you're going to have to step above it and handle it."
After Eddings exited the plane, two Orange County sheriffs and a Major League Baseball security officer were there to escort him.
Poor little douche. I would have thought with his unholy nipples of steel he would be able to take all comers at John Wayne International.
In my opinion this guy wanted to be as anonymous as Paris Hilton. With his showboating calls. I wouldn't be surprised if we see the Douche's sextape -- "A Night of Douchebaggery" -- hit the net by the World Series.