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#### Pete Kozma.
He was looking directly at the base. Because nothing is more important on a double play turn than whether the fielder's foot is on the bag when he receives the ball.
"My vision was on the foot. And when I was coming up, all I could see was a hand coming out and the ball on the ground. All right? So I was assuming...It's an awful feeling, especially when I'm sure that I had the right call."
I'll certainly give the umps credit, they got the call right and weren't afraid to overturn Demuth.
Demuth said after the game he was watching Kozma's feet and didn't get a full view of the non-catch.
His out symbol was weird too. It looked like he was strangling a baby squirrel.
The Curse of '85. As a result the Cardinals suffer a meltdown and blame their World Series loss on this?
Honestly, Buck's been OK in that regard. He expressed quite a bit of emotion on both Ortiz' tying slam in Game 2 and Victorino's go-ahead slam in Game 6 of the ALCS.
And if he's too close from that angle then he should back up so he can get a full view.
We're getting on him because the call was so badly missed. The ump is 3 feet from the action and he thought Kozma caught the ball and lost it on the transfer, which frankly was blatantly not true upon watching it in real time.
I don't see why we're getting on the ump about this.
Does anyone think the umps were given a memo before the series to watch out for the pivot man's foot coming off of the keystone? I think the Sox got away with a blatant "neighborhood" play or 2 in the ALCS.
Didn't see the video -- could the ump's justification just be a cover for bad judgement?
Demuth blew the call, they got together and told him "you missed it" and they reversed it. No harm, no foul. I wish umps would be more willing to get together on this sort of thing.
That was a perfect feed from the 2B
Frankly if more games were umpired like last night we wouldn't be subject to the evils of instant replay next year. Demuth blew the call, they got together and told him "you missed it" and they reversed it. No harm, no foul. I wish umps would be more willing to get together on this sort of thing.
For a group that allegedly plays the game the right way, they sure seem to fold up like a cheap suit the moment something bad happens.
Was Wainwright rattled last night? The Sox knocked him around a bit (particularly in the first) and the pop up was UG-lee but he also seemed completely unhittable after the second inning and if the defense wasn't such a shitshow his night would have looked very very different.
It was a good job by the ump crew, good for Demuth to admit he blew the call and accept being overruled, and next season we'll have the added benefit of instant replay being instituted for calls like this.
In fact, only the Washington Nationals (37) and Philadelphia Phillies shifted less in all of baseball than the Dodgers (51).
that circular cut out in the turf that he is standing on the turf-side of is THIRTEEN feet from the bag!
In old pictures of Shibe Park (mid-1940's) there's an extra cutout, just to the right side on the infield grass.
Was this what that was? "Umpires: stand here"?
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