One of these days, maybe an umpire can later admit to a bad call. One of these days we might be able to witness accountability. One of these days Bud Selig will admit when he is wrong. Then again...
Balls and strikes I can understand. Tough to see foul lines I can understand. But what the hell is wrong with the umpiring we have seen this week? After the "I've called out for less" episode, now we are on the wrong side of a turn? He didn't lean, but he took a purposeful step in the direction of the fielder and leaned into him more than a Reggie Miller jump shot. Then blatantly extended the elbow. First Upton, now this.
What's worse is both umpiring crews defended the horrible call. There is absolutely nothing to defend. This is like a guy selling booze to an 2 year old but defending it by saying he had a good fake I.D.
The guy got caught in a rundown that he had absolutely no chance of getting out of. He made a desperate move. And yet, in extra innings, that was definitive enough for the ump to make that call? Please, for the love of God, look at the play before ruling on it! That is the cardinal sin of umpiring--to make a call based on anticipating what will happen, rather than just watch what unfolds.
I understand the difficulty of bang-bang plays. I understand if we could've held down a lead in the 9th, then this never would have happened. But I also understand that I don't want this to be how we lose in the playoffs as well. Hopefully baseball is watching and doesn't allow either of these umpiring crews to make it to the post-season either.