Everybody Take a Deep Breath

May 19, 2008 – 3:04 pm by Hickey

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.

Photo: New York Daily News

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  1. 5 Responses to “Everybody Take a Deep Breath”

  2. Yeah, because since this call didn’t decide a game, why bother with instant replay? Surely no blown home run call would ever decide a game. Let alone in the playoffs.

    Oh, right.

    I’m not in favor of automating balls and strikes and I don’t know anyone who is. But given how pivotal home runs can be and the relative rarity with which you’d even need to bother going to replay, how much is it going to hurt just to have the option available?

    By Windier E. Megatons on May 20, 2008

  3. I think the argument my esteemed colleague is trying to make is that it wasn’t a big deal in this case and the only reason anyone cares is because it was a Mets-Yankees game. This stuff happens a lot and Selig is never going to budge on the issue. Until baseball gets a new commissioner we can all thank him for blown calls like this.

    By Phillips on May 20, 2008

  4. “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.”

    But the third base umpire called it fair, and was overruled by the home plate umpire once they huddled together to discuss it.
    Not that it really matters, like you say.
    Actually, I’m not even sure I have a point, here…

    By Phishisgr8 on May 20, 2008

  5. I guess my point is that I hope this lame-ass game does not end up as the impetus for replay coming into effect in baseball. I’m rather indifferent about the issue as a whole, slightly leaning towards “Meh, they probably don’t need it.” But if you are going to change a rule, at least make it change as the result of a worthwhile controversy.

    By Hick Flick on May 20, 2008

  6. It happened the next day in the Cubs/Astros game when Soto hit one to left-center that was above the yellow line, but was not ruled a home run. Fortunately the ball took an awkward bounce and Soto was able to turn it into an inside the park home run.

    It’s not just because it happened in NY. It’s happening all the time. It would take a video-review umpire less time to make a decision on the call than it takes for a manager to waddle out onto the field and argue with the umpire.

    Everyone else is adopting replay…why is baseball too good for it?

    By Jack on May 21, 2008

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