« on: October 14, 2005, 08:44 AM »
I agree that the umpire blew the call and unfortunately for the Angels, it put the winning run on 1st. However, over the course of a 162 game season, plus playoffs, the umpires get it right 99% of the time. From the angle of the umpire, it couldn't tell if the ball bounced or not...I give him that, he can check with the infield umpires on that, but they clearly deferred the call to home plate on consultation. As a baseball fan, I hate seeing this happen to any team...even if it had been the Yankees.
The problem to me lies with the umpire giving the out signal as he had been doing all night long on both third strikes and outs. That to me was a bad call by the umpire. But, had the Angels hit the ball a little better, or had Mark Buerhle (sp?) not been in the groove as he was, the 9th inning strikeout wouldn't have mattered. Although the call was blown, this is one of the things that makes baseball interesting to me. The human error factor can change the direction of a game.
I hope my points here didn't sound like someone rambling on.