Tonight, the Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees to take a 3-1 lead in the American League Championship Series. It seems the Rangers are determined to make up for all of their past losses against the Yankees. Unfortunately, the game once again reflected the disappointing work of umpires especially unique to this year. It seems the MLB’s umpires are making more bad calls than in past years.
T.R. Sullivan has posted an article at the MLB.Com website titled “Texas pain-saw massacre: NY in 3-1 mess.” Yes, they are in a mess, having lost their first two games at home. They could lose the series tomorrow.
This article is less about the game than about an alleged fan interference call, or, better-worded, lack of a fan interference call.
A ball was hit by Robinson Caro for a homer. The only problem was that right fielder Nelson Cruz went up for the catch and had to fight fans for the ball. It is obvious at least to me that the fans interfered. The umpire called it a home run. I think it was a bad call.
Umpire Jim Reynolds, in defense, said, “From the angle I had, I was very confident the ball was in the stands.” Later, this same umpire was unsure of a foul ball and, after the base runner had circled the bases, used the replay camera to reverse the call.
My question is, in a game as important as a championship playoff game, why wouldn’t an umpire put his pride aside to make sure he was right?
We saw an example of an umpire blowing an obvious call back in June when Armando Galarraga was robbed of a perfect game by umpire Jim Joyce. Here was a pitcher who had truly pitched a perfect game, but the umpire — by his own admission — blew the call. The commissioner’s office would not reverse it, which shows how little they care for human beings; they only care about their rules.
Let’s get it right and let’s get it right in all sports. It should be “all or nothing.” Don’t pick and choose when replay will be used, and certainly don’t make it a decision of the umpires or referees, whatever the case may be. In the case of Reynolds choosing not to use instant replay, it was the same as if he had missed the call without having instant replay.
All professional sports should decide to use instant replay in any possible situation to make the game as perfect as possible. Or, if they want to be purists, then don’t use it at all and allow the foibles of humanity to impact the games.
Anything less than that is hypocritical and extremely annoying. Luckily, in this case, the right team won.
MLB.Com Website, T.R. Sullivan, “Texas pain-saw massacre: NY in a 3-1 mess”
You Tube Website, “Jim Joyce Apologizes For The Call On Armando Galarraga’s Perfect Game”
You Tube Website, “Detroit Tigers Armando Galarraga Perfect Game Robbery 6/2/10
You Tube Website, “MLB ALCS 2010 Controversial Home Run-Game 4 Yankees vs. Rangers”