Re: Don't blame the ump
posted at 7/30/2013 4:08 PM EDT
While I agree the ump was out of position and made the wrong call, which he admitted, I don't agree it would have been an easy call if he had been in the right position. It was a very close call as the video replays showed repeatedly. I think we make way too much of this call in view of what else happened in that game--
1. We were lucky to be in at all because Price was headed for 9 innings and 1 run (which itself was incredibly lucky). Our guys were helpless until that thunderstorm forced Maddon to get a new pitcher on the mound in the 8th.
2. We were incredibly lucky Doubront didn't give up more than 2 runs with all those hits and walks in just 5 innings. He got some perfectly timed double plays.
3. The replay of Drew's double in the 8th shows that only a complete idiot couldn't score from second. As the right fielder was running back to get a ball over his head, Nava was going toward second base when he had every reason to be cheating in the direction of 3d base. That bonehead play goes way, way beyond any mistake the umpire made.
4. Farrell could have avoided the Nava problem by using Iglesias, whom he was saving for a later situation which never materialized. Iglesias is not only much faster, but has a better feel for baserunning and would not, repeat not, have done what Nava did. Let's not forget that Nava has also tripped going around third when speed was of the essence and was thrown out by about ten feet.
5. The home plate ump was more forthright in admitting his error than Farrell was in not admitting his. I am a huge Farrell fan, but believe strongly he sent the wrong guy out there. Nava is too slow and shows little instinct for running the bases.