So I’m watching the game tonight and out of the blue comes a huge “BOOOOO” from the stadium. The crowd evidently didn’t agree with the umpire’s call of a strike against one of their own. Then the little black box appears on the lower right side of the telly screen and sure enough ….. that ball was a smidgen outside of that little black box, meaning, of course, it was definitely a ball and not a strike. Now how in the world did they know that? I mean those “boos” came instantly, no chance to second guess, just johnny-on-the-spot. The umpire was standing right there at the plate, and the crowd of some 40,00 was, shall we say, somewhere out in left field and they knew it was a bad call.
Cardinal Fans Most Knowledgeable
I remember posting back in 2011 about those Classy Cardinal Fans and how they’re not only the best fans in Major League Baseball, but also the most polite and the most “knowledgeable”. They won some sort of award for this as I recall. But, really, this humongous outpouring of boo’s tonight was instantaneous and it was the only time all night they booed. I don’t get it.
So when I log into WordPress to post this little ditty, the very first blog I see is none other than Craig Calcaterra on Hardball Talk, talking about this very thing ~ the Cardinal fans I mean. Take a look at what he says about it here and you’ll see what I mean.
Obstruction Call Tonight
And if you weren’t fortunate enough to watch the entire game (it was a good one!) take a look at Hardball Talk’s piece on the obstruction call that ended the game. You’ll be hearing lots more about this one. Wow! Whatta great game. Doesn’t get much better than this! Can’t wait for game time tomorrow!
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I wrote a post last June entitled “Umpire ~ Toughest Job in Baseball“. It was about the call Jim Joyce made on an Armando Galarraga throw to first that cost the pitcher the “perfect game”. So when I read Craig Calcaterra’s headlines today I thought of the many games Joyce has called in the past year where Galarraga has played and the games went without a hitch ~ smooth as silk.
Today is the first anniversary of that infamous call and I have to say this made for a great headline! It seems that the umpire and pitcher have entered a business venture and co-authored a book together. The name of the book is “Nobody’s Perfect” . It was published last month and is available on Amazon
Some of the comments on Calcaterra’s blog this morning were pretty entertaining. One mentioned an extreme dislike for a few of MLB’s umpires and suggested letting every owner and GM in the game co-author a book and have their least favorite umpires write a chapter on the nuances of umpiring, country music, dieting, whatever, thereby eliminating them from umpiring “any” game. After watching two really, really bad calls last night during the Cardinals-Giants game I understand what they’re saying. Probably not a really good idea, but I get it. Unfortunately the calls were made by two different umps so the blogger’s rationale isn’t very sound. Eventually there wouldn’t be anyone left to call the games!
Hmm…. you just know a movie about the two is in the works. Wonder who’ll play Armando? Better yet! Who in the world could possibly play Jim Joyce? I can see it now; “And the award for best actor goes to ……… Jim Joyce for playing ………. “Jim Joyce”!
All in fun. It’s great to see a friendly and working relationship between these two special men, and I hope the entire baseball community will embrace this as well.
I thought this article was interesting probably because I’d already blogged on several of the top 10 items as they happened( See my previous blogs on the Giants, Jim Joyce
, Stephen Strasburg
, the Managers and the players salaries). This article from Sports Illustrated
was well written and I wanted to share it with you. GFBB
Written by: Al Tielemans, Sports Illustrated December 22, 2010
1. A title for San Francisco. The Giants won their first World Series since 1954, but their first since moving from New York to San Francisco for the 1958 season. After torturous World Series defeats in 1962 (losing Game 7 to the Yankees with the winning run on base), 1989 (when an earthquake struck before Game 3) and 2002 (losing a potential Game 6 clincher after holding a five-run lead with nine outs to go), San Francisco rolled through the postseason on the strength of dominant homegrown pitching and a sprinkling of long-awaited good fortune. The Giants secured six of their 11 postseason wins without scoring more than three runs. Six games out of first place as late as Aug. 22, the Giants’ 32-15 run to the title Continue reading
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Tagged 1968 Major League Baseball season, Armando Galarraga, JIM JOYCE, Major League Baseball, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants, Stephen Strasburg, World Series
“I couldn’t see well enough to play when I was a boy, so they gave me a special job – they made me an umpire.” President of the United States, Harry S. Truman.
As a player I probably would have said the toughest position in baseball is catcher. I wasn’t particularly afraid of the ball, but when you’ve been beaned a couple times and missed a ball that was impossible to catch anyhow and the other team scores, you realize even when things are going right, they can still go really, really wrong. But looking at this as a spectator the toughest job has to be, without a doubt, the lowly umpire. My first exposure to this was at age 10 watching my dad at at my brother’s games giving the ump the going-over, beer in hand, standing up yelling obscenities and setting a stellar example for a couple of kids learning by example. Totally mortifying! So years later when I became the parent in the stands cheering my heart out in support of my little darlings at T-Ball I was very cognizant of these memories. Imagine my shock and humiliation when I was thrown out of a T-Ball game for, you guessed it, yelling at the umpire! The embarrassment is still with me.
So all of these memories came flooding back as I watched last night’s replay of the Cleveland/Detroit infamous tag at first. The missed call denied the young pitcher the rarest of rare “perfect game”. This mornings sports headlines would have been all about Ken Griffey Jr’s retirement had this incident not occurred. Well maybe not. A perfect game for sure demands a certain amount of headlines. But no matter. History has been made and it won’t be changed. I feel for the Tiger fans. And I hope the Commissioner’s going to step in and make things right. And he should. It’s the right thing to do. But please, please don’t bring in the instant replay. For crying out loud this is baseball! What really strikes me about this scenario is the candid manner in which the umpire immediately spoke up about the matter on seeing the replay. But then, what else could he have done? (Now’s the time we probably should give this guy a name. He has, after all been a major league umpire for 22 years without any, well, almost any, controversy).
But I don’t want to talk about the umpire, or the kid who threw the unrealized perfect game. or instant replay. This story’s about the DETROIT TIGER FANS. What would baseball, or any sport for that matter, be without the fans? Today when the same players, same umpire(s) and the same fans sat for another round of Cleveland/Detroit baseball, the umpire Jim Joyce was introduced among a smattering of boos, it’s expected, always happens, not a surprise. But what was a surprise was the standing ovation and cheers that went up for this guy. I’m emotional just writing about it. And so was he. He had to wear sunglasses to hide the tears for a press conference later. I’ll bet Jim Joyce didn’t get two hours sleep last night. As much as we love to razz the umps, they have the reputation of being the most honest trustworthy bunch of guys (a little nearsighted at times) but never ever do we believe they make a bad call “on purpose”. And for all those split second “how did they do it?” johnny-on-the spot calls, they get no special recognition. It’s their job and they love it and they do it better than anyone. Detroit Tiger fans know this. They know the umpire has the toughest job in baseball so they cut him a little slack and on they go to the next game. That’s what’s so great about baseball. The Detroit Tiger fans. A real Class Act…….representing the best of baseball.
“….The toughest call an Umpire has to make…. It’s having to throw a guy out of the game after you blew the hell out of the play.” American League Umpire Bill Kinnamon.