In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
he "assumed". and we all know what that does....
but if he didn't see it he had to assume
of course. i think we are saying the same thing here. i wasnt saying that he shouldnt have assumed.. he was doing his job looking at the bag and listening for the catch....i was simply pointing out that he did assume. watching it live and the replays that followed last night, i knew exactly why he made the call the way he did. and also knew why the other 5 umpires got it right...their eyes were focused on the glove, not the bag. it was an easy call after the huddle.
but the old saying for "assume" certainly fits this occasion, dont you agree?