Pirates Blown Call

July 27, 2011 by staff 

Pirates Blown CallPirates Blown Call, That’s it. The time has come. No more complaining about the sanctity of the authority of the arbitrators or waxing poetic about the human error element always prevails in baseball. Baseball needs instant replay official. Not now. Tuesday. Ask the Pittsburgh Pirates. Probably the first pirates of video related to what you have gone viral (the phrase “gone viral” does not even exist in relation to the Internet the last time the Pirates were good), the hose Buccos Tuesday night one missed call atrocious at the plate umpire Jerry Meals for. Atlanta Braves infielder Julio Lugo, an old friend of any Red Sox fan, was shot in the afternoon in a field by Scott Proctor. The missed call was so egregious that even bother to describe here. If not, the video is below. The initial outrage missed call has led to devil’s advocates who say the receiver, Mike McKenry, could have done a better job of selling the label. This view is a sincere attempt to be called “common sense” when in fact it is the fear of calling a spade a spade.

“Sell” means that the label did not come true. From McKenry made the label, there was nothing to “sell”.

This debate would not even be necessary, however, and the Steel City does not want the head of Meals on a stick, if the majors long ago decided to do. Instant replay should be expanded to include at least finish the game on his plate. That should have been obvious.

Full disclosure: I am not a fan of most instant replay. I am not a traditionalist; I love the DH, the 3-point line and pass the ball 50 times a game.

Repeat officer has absorbed most of the enjoyment of seeing the NFL. When BenJarvus Green-Ellis scores a touchdown, you’re going to celebrate? Only if you’re a rookie fan. If you are an educated observer of the NFL, knows firstanlyze the field of yellow penalty flags, thenanlyze the field of red flags challenge, then wait for the extra point to go through the stands for a flag challenge can not be released, then celebrate.

The whole game is one long series of moments anticlimatic.

Other than that, playing in football does its job. Officials called the right of most of the time.

But baseball these days seems to be defined more by the calls the referees make mistakes. It is not just quit the game Jim Joyce Armando Gallaraga is perfect. It’s Rangers manager Ron Washington, calling Angel Hernandez “simply wrong” (that is) and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen pattern twitter about Todd Tichenor (fully justified, but Bud Selig did not agree).

It is the Pirates, a new game in the Central Division race, he needs to win all they can get, losing a game you could have earned in a blown call.

This is not complicated. As an NFL game cannot end in a fine defense, a baseball game should not be able to finish in a disputed play at the plate. (This is true for any game involving Darnell McDonald and Jason Varitek, too.)

Maybe the Pirates did not have McKenry, who had only played six games in the majors before 2011, in this position in a game of 19 innings on the road. Maybe it’s a quad-A receiver in the league in the show.

Meals are a bona fide major league umpire, however. No struggle. If he cannot do its job, a video camera in slow motion will do it for him, if MLB just let him.

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