Once again a terrible call from an umpire is taking the spotlight away from what was otherwise a very good game. The Atlanta Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in 19 innings when home plate umpire Jerry Meals blew a call. It appeared as though the tag from Pirates catcher Michael McKenry got Julio Lugo out by 6 feet but for some reason or another Meals called him same. Watch the video and the photo for yourself and decide.
After the game Meals explained his call to reporters.
“I saw the tag, but he looked like he oled him and I called him safe for that, I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area. I’m guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened I didn’t see a tag.I just saw the glove sweep up. I didn’t see the glove hit his leg.”
I still don’t understand the people who oppose instant replay because they like the “human element.” Just get the call right. That is all it should be about. It is a shame that a game where the two bullpens combined for 26 shutout innings will be remembered for the blown call. As always you can leave a comment here, reach me by e-mail or .
Will baseball finally embrace 21st century technology?
Was tonight the straw that will break the camel’s back? People like me have been calling for instant replay in baseball for years. I mean this is 2010, why not make use of the technology? I have never understood the argument against it. People complain that baseball is already too long. Ok, but it’s not like we save time when umpires enter lengthy arguments with players and managers. I’d much rather sit an extra 5 minutes in front of my TV and make sure the call was right.
The whole “human element” excuse is just ridiculous. That worked in the 60s. It just can’t work in 2010 when there are so many cameras covering every play from every angle imaginable. Get the call right. There is no excuse for it. I’m a big cricket fan. People used to argue against replay in cricket too for those same reasons. But guess what, cricket started phasing replay into the game in 1993 and it has worked brilliantly ever since. Replay has done wonders for the NHL, NBA, NFL and Tennis as well. Get the call right.
It is an absolute shame that a bad call robs us of a great baseball night. It is a shame that this will overshadow the retirement of Ken Griffey Jr. tonight. It is a shame that it will rob Austin Jackson’s catch a place in the all-time highlight reel. It is a shame that Armando Galarraga got robbed of his place in baseball history. Once again as a fan all I ask is that you get the call right.