Umpire Joe West told the Bergen Record that the pace of the season-opening series between the Red Sox and Yankees, of which he was the crew chief, was "a disgrace to baseball."
West added: "They’re the two clubs that don’t try to pick up the pace. They’re two of the best teams in baseball. Why are they playing the slowest? It’s pathetic and embarrassing. They take too long to play."
The Boston Globe noted the game times in that series were 3:46, 3:48 and 3:21.
According to The Boston Globe, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joined in the Red Sox and Yankees bashing when speaking to reporters in Anaheim on Thursday.
"There’s a lot that goes on in New York and Boston," Gardenhire said. "It’s showtime, and they get away with things that other people don’t, and if you want to change the game, you have to start with those guys. We all know that. "We move our games along pretty good, and it’s pretty hard to tell some of those guys, ‘Let’s go, get in the box.’ They just look at you like, ‘Why? I haven’t heard the second verse to my song yet.’ That’s just the way it is."