Blog Entry

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:06 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Pirates president Frank Connelly has released a statement about the end of Tuesday night's Pirates-Braves game:

“The Pittsburgh Pirates organization is extremely disappointed by the way its 19-inning game against the Atlanta Braves ended earlier this morning. The game of baseball and this game in particular, filled with superlative performances by players on both clubs, deserved much better. We have filed a formal complaint with the Commissioner.

“While we cannot begin to understand how Umpire Jerry Meals did not see the tag made by Michael McKenry three feet in front of home plate, we do not question the integrity of Mr. Meals. Instead, we know that Mr. Meals’ intention was to get the call right. Jerry Meals has been umpiring Major League games for 14 years and has always done so with integrity and professionalism. He got this one wrong.

“For Pirates fans, we may have lost a game in the standings as a result of a missed call but this game, and the gutsy performances by so many of our players, will make us stronger, more unified and more determined as we continue the battle for the National League Central Division.”

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:42 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Can we all just agree that last night's game was one of the worst examples of umpiring ever?  I mean, would anybody like to go back through and count the number of times he screwed the Braves with insanely bad ball/strike calls?  And then later the ump threw off his mask and stomped out towards the mound to try to goad Martinez into arguing so he could eject him.

I can't stand any offical who thinks he's an integral part of the game rather than part of the support staff.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:35 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

I'm not a fan of either team, nor does either team going to affect my favorite team's standing.  I heard all day and read all day how bad the call was.  Saw the still photos that confirmed how bad the call was.  Just watched the original replay.  My first thought was, did he miss the tag????  It actually DOES look like he misses him incredibly enough.  Clearly on other angles, slow motion and still photos he's out by 3 feet.  But in live action it does look like he might have missed him.  That is the catchers fault.  No need for a swipe tag.  put both hands on the ball stick it in his chest.  Tough loss, very bad call but not quite as bad as worst call ever made that I've been hearing all day.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:27 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Only a dumb person would say that another person is dumb because they like a certain sporting team.  Grow up!

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:03 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

this is what makes baseball better than all the other major league sports.  the human factor involved will have people talking abouut this call for years, especially if the pirates either tie and lose in a playoff or miss by one game.  its also why i disagree with all the 'its only one outta 162' talk.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:58 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

i appreciate the sentiments, but you can't really tell me when you saw the play, your first thought was, HE MISSED THE TAG! Your first thought was the same as Lugo's, which was one of disappointment he was out by a mile and the marathon could've just ended. Until he looks at the ump and realizes, this idiot just botched THIS????? I better touch home plate. then after all that was done/said, has the audacity to tell a reporter he really felt he was safe???? is this a joke??? watch the reply and you'll see Lugo's reaction isn't that of one that felt he just won a 19 inning game, but one that almost did. It' all a joke if you ask much better is the NFL now that replay takes this equation out of the games???? It's exponentially better because of it. Please, MLB, follow suit. I'd have no problem losing to a right call, then losing to a complete botch.....ok, i'm done.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:52 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

atlanta fans are the dumbest fans in all of sports

Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:48 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

I'm a Dodgers fan, but also a fan of the game. The Pirates got screwed royally. Didn't see the play. Check this out.

Mr. Magoo could have made this call easily and he's almost friggin blind... Braves got a cheap win. Actually more of a gift by the umpire at the expense of the Pirates.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:42 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

The Braves are officially dissapointed in all of the bad balls/strikes calls ALL night long that he missed. But, that's baseball. I have to be honest. When I first saw the replay I thought...he mised the tag!! He didn't make a tag attempt but a swipe. You have to make sure the ump has no doubt on that play. Did he tag him? Yes, but you have to look in slow motion to see it. The ump doesn't have that luxury. Bad calls happen all the time. Another point is that the Pirates haven't woin the game even if he is called out. Prado comes up with a runner on third and if he doesn't drive him in, we go to the next inning. I know, Proctor fell and it could have been a double play. Still, the game continues.

I am a Btaves fan and see it from that perspective. If it the other way around, I would be ticked at the call. I am proud of the Pirates and wish them well after this series.

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:33 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

That is alot of hard work to pull off that many innings.  How many times has there been a bad call that stained a particular game?  The answer to that is many and for the Fan, it leaves a bad taste.  Kudos to the Pirates for proceeding with a formal complaint and other Ballclubs should follow suit.  The ability to override a call from another UMP on the field should be addressed or we will start talking about Instant Reply again.  The game should be decided by the players, not the UMP.

Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:26 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

I am a diehard Pirates fan. I have seen the replays dozens of times, and I do indeed believe Lugo was tagged on the leg. However, I also believe the Pirates' offense leaves much to be desired in many games. A (failed) squeeze attempt in the 9th with one out and a runner on 3rd?? What are you thinking, Hurdle?? All you needed was a medium-depth fly ball for a sac fly, and the game probably would have ended 4-3. Twenty (!!!!) strikeouts by your offense in 54 ABs??? Lyle Overbay continuing to bat in the middle of the order when his body language says he has stopped caring?? I agree Meals blew the call, but my Buccos have more pressing issues to take care of. It's one bad loss, and yes the ump took away any chance you had of winning, but let's move on and get the Braves today. Go Bucs!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or