If the Tampa Bay Rays miss the playoffs by one game this year, do they have a legit beef with the umpiring from April 8th, 2013? Debatable. Either way, the strike three heard round the world on Monday was absolute comedy, and not in a good way.
Umpires are human, and miscues are going to happen. Oftentimes, if we’re being picky, they happen multiple times per game. But some are inexcusable (just ask Mapes–he’s still fuming over the “infield fly” in last season’s NL Wild Card game), whereas others are just plain funny.
When I saw the replay of Marty Foster’s perplexing full-count, game-ending, strike-three call on a Joe Nathan curveball that was gloved in the dirt, I couldn’t help but laugh. And I was immediately reminded of an equally embarrassing and obvious missed call last season at Coors Field that caused Rockies first baseman Todd Helton to comment: “[In the] neighborhood? It wasn’t in the same area code.”
So take a look at these two videos below, and vote in the poll: Which umpire error is more obvious…and more hilarious?
April 8th, 2013 — Rays vs. Rangers in Arlington, TX
May 2nd, 2012 — Dodgers vs. Rockies in Denver, CO
– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)
Unless you live under a rock, have no access to technology and cut off all communication with other humans, you know what happened on Monday Night Football last night. Actually even if you qualify for all three, you might still have heard the screams coming from Green Bay, WI flying through the night air like dementors heading straight for Roger Goodell’s office.
Normally on Three Up, Three Down we stay away from sporting events involving anything but America’s pastime. But last night’s egregious call (or if you prefer, “tragesty” as a radio caller said on a local station this morning – it’s actually a pretty solid made up word!) against the Packers that cost them a game can arguably be dubbed “The Worst Call in NFL History.”
And since the event nearly caused Twitter to cave in on itself, we know it’s noteworthy enough to draft a blog around for our baseball-loving fans. Without further adieu, here is what would happen if Major League Baseball were to hire replacement refs:
May 2nd, 2012 – Dodgers @ Rockies, runner called out
June 27th, 2012 – Indians @ Yankees, ruled a catch
July 27th, 2011 – Pirates @ Braves, called safe
Oct. 14th, 2003 – Marlins @ Cubs, foul ball?
Oct. 20th, 1991 – Braves @ Twins, called out
June 1st, 2012 – Cardinals @ Mets, ruled foul
Oct. 12th, 1997 – Braves @ Marlins VIDEO HERE, strike 3 way outside
Oct. 9th, 1996 – Orioles @ Yankees, ruled a home run, not fan interference
Oct. 10th, 2009 – Twins @ Yankees, called foul
June 2nd, 2010 – Indians @ Tigers, perfect game ruined on last out, called safe
June 11th, 2012 – Royals @ Pirates VIDEO HERE, called a catch, ball dropped
August 6th, 2010 – Phillies @ Marlins, called foul
October 20th, 2009 – Yankees @ Angels, both tagged out, only one ruled out
October 17th, 1999 – Yankees @ Red Sox, ruled a tag-out
Well, that was way too much fun. I highly suggest you give quickmeme.com a visit and play around in your spare time. As you can see, baseball has had its fair share of blown calls in big games too. But we’re living in the moment and the fan fury is directed at Roger Goodell, the replacement ref crew, and everything that remotely looks like a Seahawk.
Comment below and let us know if we missed a call – heck, send us a meme of it! And just for fun, vote in the poll:
– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)