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)
The Rays/Rangers game on Monday night ended in controversial fashion. Ben Zobrist had a full count, with two outs in the top of the 9th, and a runner on first base. A walk would put a runner in scoring position with Evan Longoria coming up in a one-run game. Instead, this was called strike three to end the game, click to watch.
UPDATED: Here’s the video of the call.
Needless to say, Rays manager Joe Maddon was not pleased about the call. He tweeted this after the game.
That can’t happen in a major league game.
— Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) April 9, 2013
Evan Longoria was slightly more understanding.
To error is human…still doesn’t take any of the sting away. #Rays2013
— Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) April 9, 2013
While Jeremy Hellickson has already moved on to his birthday plans in Texas tonight it seems.
Thank you all for the birthday wishes..I appreciate every single one of them!!
— Jeremy Hellickson(@JHell58) April 9, 2013
I know you don’t argue balls and strikes, but Marty Foster, you’ve got some explaining to do. UPDATED: Foster explains himself.
HP ump Marty Foster on call to end #Rays game: “Had I had a chance to do it again I wouldn’t call that pitch a strike.”
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 9, 2013
Before I forget, congrats to Joe Nathan on his 300th career save! As he said after the pitch, WOW!
-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)