Re: Umpire's bad call
posted at 10/24/2013 11:20 AM EDT
In response to blingblang's comment:
Once Demuth made the wrong call it set a series of controversies in motion that becomes a no win whichever way it flows.
I sometimes wish the call stood, and Sox would have gone up 2-0 instead of 3-0 on Napoli's double that followed. That would at least not give a reason of why the Cards lost the game, and instead turn into "they lost inspite of that help from Demuth".
Glad that replay is coming to baseball next year. These guys need more TV replay help clearly to get the right call, and get rid of egos and blown calls that they refuse to change, and teams depending on umps sticking to blown calls against their opponents.
I thought the same as you that if the call stood we'd be up 2-0 and then we got 4 more runs the rest of the game so would have won 6-0. But, of course, we are Monday morning quarterbacking & what if we lost. That Ref would have needed a platoon of Marines to go to his car. Let me say as a biased Sox fan that had the situtation been reversed I would have had no problem with the call being reversed as I would have agreed it should have been in all fairness.
Until the replay comes into service, I think a ref who perhaps cannot make a definite decision as an umpire behind a plate asks the 1st base ump if a batter completed his swing for a strike out, should have halted the game and confered with the others and made the decision without inviting a controversy. I think, we as fans, can appreciate that umps are human and not play God when they are not sure of a call. Justice prevailed.