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 Posted: Fri May 5th, 2017 02:17 am
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No game between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox seems to be played without some form of heightened drama. Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, for one, is looking forward to boarding a plane after Thursday's series finale.

"I am the most excited person to get the hell out of Boston," he said to WEEI's Ryan Hannable.

Joseph was caught in the middle of Wednesday's controversial game when pitcher Kevin Gausman was tossed for hitting Xander Bogaerts with a curveball. The catcher was livid with the decision in the moment and after the game, according to the Providence Journal's Tim Britton.

"We don't have the Chris Sale who throws 97 and strikes out the world. We have guys who use their pitches in certain locations to get guys out. We have Gold Glove caliber defense, period. They have to go in there and make certain pitches and a curveball got away from a guy and he got ejected. It's malarkey. It's freaking BS."

For Joseph, an umpire tossing Gausman for hitting Bogaerts effectively takes away the inside part of the plate and takes the game away from those playing it. Collaboration between umpires when it comes to these kinds of issues would be the ideal solution.

"And what I would like to see is, we see it all the time with umpires, if they are unsure, they gather together," Joseph said. "When you're making a quick decision that can directly impact not only the game, but a week's worth of games after that. I think the best course of action is to call everybody together, get four minds involved and see what everybody thinks and then make a decision. There's no time limit on when you eject a player or not. Why can't we do that? If we can do it on busted up plays, why can't we do it for pitches they think are deemed on purpose?"

Fortunately for Joseph, there's only one more game in this series. And while the teams meet again in Baltimore at the beginning of June, the Orioles don't travel back to Fenway Park until a three-game series starting Aug. 25.