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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.”

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Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:04 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

So does mean now that you don't have to touch home plate or any bases to be called safe now? Hell about after you hit the ball you don't run, if the ball hit the ground you are safe and if the player catches the ball you are out smiple has that.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:04 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Wake up people! It wasn't just an "honest mistake" or a "missed call."  I'm not saying the umpire had a wager on the game and was trying to cheat the Braves to a win.  What happened is a result of laziness, tiredness, and wanting to get the game over with.  He made up his mind that he was going to call the runner safe on a close play at home, just to get the game over with.  Unforunately for him, and the Pirates, the play wasn't even close, he was out by a mile (at least 4 feet).  It was one of the worst calls in sports history. 

The problem here is bigger than a missed call.  You have to call the same ball/strike and safe/out calls in the 3rd inning, 8th inning, 19th inning...doesn't matter.  You can't be unfair to a team because it's late at night and you want to get home.  That is not acceptable.

He made one bad safe call.  That missed call cost the pirates one game in the standings.  That maybe ends up costing them the division (who knows if the impact of losing that game takes a toll on the team and causes a losing streak).  Perhaps they miss the playoffs, and what would have been a historical season for the underdog Pirates.  That costs them millions of dollars in playoff revenue, gained fans, and even hurts their success in future seasons having less money to sign players.

I know that's a little extreme, but if you think about it, it's not so far-fetched.  I'm just saying - umpires like that think, hmm one bad call, not a big deal, I can live with it... But it could have a much bigger effect.

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:03 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Instead of complaining about a blown call, about scoring a run off a scrub Rp with a 6+ ERA or not botching a suicide squeeze. 

Go get us a bat already.  If I have to watch one more game with Lyle Overbay I may puke!!!

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:01 pm

Good luck --it works both ways

If a formal complaint made any difference at all, then C.C. Sabathia would have had a no hitter with Mlwaukee, in Pittsburgh, a few years back.  Human error: It works both ways, just as the game does --you win some, and you lose some.  The ump called it like he saw it.  He didn't have instant replay to fall back on, like the critics do.  Get over it. 

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:58 pm

I watched the entire game

Meals needs to sit for a few games or the entire season. He was awful throughout the game-his ball and strike calls were never consistent in in any part of the game. Both sides complained verbally or walked out of the batter's box and muttered under their breath throughout the night.  I hope Selig replaces this clown for the 2 games left in this series. Both teams have lost all trust in him and his calls. 

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:57 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

Worst. call. ever. It boggled my mind, literally. It's funny how the announcers react differently to it on Unbelievable! Now I know how England felt after that World Cup where the little Argentinian punched that goal in. Although in that case, the game didn't end in sudden death like this one did!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:56 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

braves fans arn't the only ones dissapointed by the bad ball/strike calls there where a plenty on both sides but being in atlanta you noticed it more, but that is baseball each ump is different with that.  you don't need slow motion to see it and the out of position excuse is crap.  Not only did he tag him he had him bottled before he touched the plate.  Lugo and the ump didn't even see him touch the plate the first time and he touched it a second time.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:55 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

The Pirates have reacted the correct way.  They acknowledge that it was a bad call, but without making the umpire look foolish.  The guy is a good umpire who had a bad play.  It happens.  You hate to see it happen at such an integral part of a game with 2 teams in the midst of a playoff race, but it does.  But you know what?  These things generally even out.  They really do.  It may not be on the final play of a 19 inning game, but it could be in the 1st inning which stretches the pitcher out longer early in the game and gets him out of there sooner which turns it over to a shaky bullpen, who knows.  The truth is that though it was a bitter ending (and it was for me because I am a Phillies fan who hates to see the Braves "steal" one), both teams had tons of chances early and just did not get it done.  The call may have been called correctly there and the Braves still win it later.  Who knows.  Bottom line is bad calls happen, just like errors in the field, and teams have to find a way to win despite them.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:52 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

charly, I was about to call him out on that, too.  "Rule of thumb" is complete BS.  That implies that the umpire should just assume that the tag was made regardless of what he saw (or thought he saw).  I don't think we want umpires working off of assumptions.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:52 pm

Pirates officially 'disappointed' by call

The Pirates are as disappointed as the rest of us who would really like to know which team truly won that game.  Hopefully if that umpire is lucky this game won't prove to be one that influences the post season.  As a consolation at least neither pitcher lost a no hitter because of this horrible call but that doesn't make it suck any less.

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