VIDEO: Admitted blown call by Jerry Meals costs Red Sox in big way
The Rays beat the Red Sox by one run to take back first place, but a blown call marred things a bit. Even umpire Jerry Meals admitted he missed it.
Manager John Farrell was ejected from the game in the eighth inning as he disputed this call by home-plate umpire Jerry Meals.
After the game, Meals admitted his mistake, per a Red Sox press release:
"What I saw was: [Jose] Molina blocked the plate and [Daniel] Nava's foot lifted," Meals said. "But in the replays, you could clearly see Nava's foot got under for a split second and then lifted, so I was wrong on my decision. From the angle I had, I did not see his foot get under Molina's shin guard."
Hmm. If only there were some way that Meals could possibly have had the chance to see the angle he saw after the game. I ... just ... can't ... think ... of ... anything.
Seriously, though, there's no reason to go into an extended diatribe about replay. We've done it to death.
Here's a less discussed point, however: Don't you think Meals would have wanted another look at the thing to make sure he got it right? Of course umpires, for the most part, would love to avoid all the negative attention that comes with a blown call. He made an honest mistake and admitted as much.
The other obvious point is that this is a big-time pennant race in baseball's toughest division. It's enitrely possible this race comes down to one game. This isn't to say the outcome was changed. We don't know if the Red Sox or Rays would have won the game. And that's the biggest problem of all.