Thursday, October 13, 2005
Out! No, safe!
Wow, what a travesty went down last night.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning of a tied game between the White Sox and the Angels, umpire Doug Eddings signals a strikeout on batter A. J. Pierzynski on a swinging third strike. Angels’ catcher Josh Paul catches the ball. The Angels start jogging off the field. The ump makes the “hammer” motion with his fist, signaling the third out. The game is going to go into extra innings.
But Pierzynski, in a head’s up move, runs to first and is called safe!
Angels manager Mike Scioscia argues to no avail. Five minutes later, the game is over. A pinch runner takes Pierzynski’s place, steals second and Joe Crede hits a double, driving in the winning run.
Total travesty. It looked to me like the catcher caught the ball cleanly.
There was a lot of buzz about this botched call today, with some people saying this will prompt the commissioner to institute instant replay in baseball. Hopefully they won’t go forward with that dumb idea. Aren’t the games slow enough?