A Paragraph With The Mariners – 45

How DARE other baseball-related things happen on the day Griffey retires!?!? I actually say that with part of my tongue not in cheek, because it’s a damn shame he’s being overshadowed by shoddy umpiring. Needless to say, June 2, 2010 was a bad day to be an umpire. And no, I’m not necessarily talking about the blown call at 2nd base (2 outs, bottom of the 10th, tie game, runners at 1st & 2nd, Ichiro at the plate bounces one hard up the middle where the second baseman flips it to the short stop covering 2nd for the would-be third out … only the ump got it wrong and Jagerbombs came around from 2nd base to score the winning run in dramatic, Griffey-esque fashion) in last night’s Mariners game – the first overtime win for the Mariners this year in many tries. No, obviously, the story of the day was the should-have-been Perfect Game (should-have-been THIRD Perfect Game of the year, ye gods!) by Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers. The first base ump missed the obvious out of the pitcher covering the bag on the should-have-been 27th out of the game, thereby igniting the Shitstorm of all Shitstorms in the baseball world. Will this lead to the immediate implimentation of Instant Replay? I dunno, probably. To his credit, though, the ump apologized to everyone in person for his bungling after the game. And today he’s actually “behind the plate calling balls & strikes”, so that’s pretty brave. My question is: why couldn’t he have just sought a second opinion from the Home Plate Umpire last night? They do it for other things, check-swings or whatnot. They even do it for other random plays, like a runner missing a bag (another blown call in another game yesterday … sheesh), and you can’t tell me that they don’t take a peek on the jumbotron when they’re having their little Umpire Huddle. No one would’ve begrudged them one bit to conference, sneek a peak at the jumbotron, then get the call right. Of course, it’s not like it’s the end of the world or anything. Only something a non-Tigers fan would say. If this had happened to Felix, I think my head would have exploded, but not before I stalked and hunted the umpire responsible for sport. Kill Bill would’ve used less blood than I would’ve let.

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