There’s apparently a lot of hubbub in New York today over a blown call by umps that cost Carlos Delgado a 3-run homer. People are in a furor over this crucial gaffe, since it cost the Mets dearly in their 11-2 victory over the Yankees.
Seriously folks, why does anyone give a shit? If this had occurred in the Marlins-Royals game, would anybody even be talking about it? (Obviously not since no one would have been in the stadium to see it, but that is a whole different issue.)
Perhaps there should be limited replay allowed in baseball, but all-in-all I think the umpires do a pretty damn good job of determining whether or not a ball was a home run. In this case, all it would have taken was the third-base ump to run down the line and notice that the ball left a mark on the foul pole. Or maybe baseball should just do what it does in the postseason and put an ump down each foul line in the outfield. I doubt anyone would have blown the call if that was in effect.
At any rate, I think any Mets fans foaming at the mouth about all this need to take a sedative. You killed the Yankees, isn’t that all that should matter? And if you want replay so badly, let’s at least make sure we make it retroactive. My dad is still waiting for Randy Hundley’s tag on Tommie Agee at home plate in 1969 to be called correctly.
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