Baseball = Entelluhgents May 17, 2012 22:59:19 GMT -8
Post by wonk on May 17, 2012 22:59:19 GMT -8
I'm not an advocate for blaming anything on bad calls. I don't believe a bad call in the NFL or NBA has ever decided a game. The better team usually wins. It's also a reason I think soccer sucks, because awarding a team a goal for a bad call in the box when the teams combine to score two goals per game collectively is horse shit.
"Horse Shit," is a phrase (A's manager) Bob Melvin likes a lot, and he got thrown out tonight. I am decent at reading lips. The bad call didn't decided the game, like a bad call in soccer will, but I've been thinking about a more impactful bad call in baseball, and I'm lost (especially since HRs are reviewed).
For the 13 reading this, and the four who care, the situation went like this. First and third with one out in the 6th, game tied 3-3, the Rangers called the suicide squeeze. The hitter bunted the ball in the air, and the pitcher dove to catch it. He immediately threw the ball to third to complete the double play. Inning over. Except, the umpire determined the pitcher trapped the ball, so the go ahead run scored, the throw to third meant nothing, and the hitter was awarded first base. You know the saying, "if you give a team an extra out, they will make you pay." The umpire gave the Rangers two extras outs, gave them the go ahead run, and gave them an extra base runner. That game could have been 15-3 by the end of the inning with the Rangers high octane offense. Replays showed the call was blown, big time.
Can you think of a situation where a bad call could affect a game more than this one? I've been pondering it for a couple hours now, and the only thing I can think of is if the same play happened in the ninth with the hitting team down by one.