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My favorite is the 1970 World Series call at the plate. It's famous as the play everyone got wrong. The runner missed the plate when he slid. The catcher tagged the runner with his glove while he held the ball in the bare hand. And the umpire was up the line and literally had his back to the plate at the time. That didn't stop him from making a call anyone - he called runner Bernie Carbo out.
That wins my vote for worst call. It wasn't just blowing a call or missing something - he was completely out of position and should never have made the call - yet he did it anyway.
Question - can anyone think of an example where a really horrible call in a critical postseason game clearly DID help one team win a game they shouldn't have - particularly in a game 6 - yet the team that got screwed by the call went on to win Game 7 anyways to render the call moot?
But it was a proper call. The rule doesn't say "unless nobody ever calls it". Just because everyone else was making the wrong call doesn't make this call wrong.
The Maier call should be ranked higher.
Given that a large majority of the commentary I've heard on the Pieryznski call say the ump got it right, I don't see how that makes the list.
It doesn't work like that.
The way I see it, assuming Dietz just stood there, is that it's like the phantom double play. If the standard is to call the runner out at second, even though the SS doesn't touch the bag, then a single umpire can't just arbitrarily call a runner safe because of the game situation. That corrupts the game.
So you're one of those people who thinks the Angels got screwed by the correct call being made in 2009, too?
Many believe (ignorantly) that Josh Paul still should have tagged him regardless, even though Josh Paul and everyone who has ever caught high quality pitching knows Paul did nothing wrong.
More interesting was that after the batter belly-flopped, if McKenry had thrown to first, the run might well have been erased. But, no, he pulled a Knoblauch.
RE: The Denkinger call - to this day Whitey still insists that call cost him the Series. But Whitey, Don didn't: miss easy popups, allow passed balls, groove pitches or tank Game 7. Your boys did that. How people react to misfortune is as much a part of the tale as the misfortune itself.
Garcia, with the benefit of replay, has said the "correct call" would have been ground rule double since Tarrasco wouldn't have caught the ball. Since he's a professional umpire, who can argue.
At the time, someone made the point that Pierzynski knew Eddings' verbalization patterns because he'd been in the whole game, but Pope Josh Paul didn't because he had just entered the game. All Paul knew was he caught the ball.
Post number 58 is the best post in the thread, nay, its the single greatest example of sportswriting in all history.
It's rare as a parent to have a convienent embodyment of sneer, of entitlement, of win-at-all-costs, of self-promotion - a paragon of bad values to point to as everything we don't want our children to grow up to be.
No, you're right, the only logical thing to believe is that everything that worked out for the Orioles would play out exactly the same way (even though it would be completely illogical for Rivera to not pitch in Game Two), and the stuff that worked out for the Yankees (the other three games of the series) would *not* work out the same way. That that one bad call not only cost them that one game, but somehow cost them four games. And, of course, it's completely unreasonable to believe that Mariano Rivera wouldn't have given up Game Two. I mean, who the #### was that guy? He certainly wasn't as good as we thought he was in 1996.
You'll note I didn't say any of that.
Yet his post stating that one can't make assumptions about how the rest of a series would have played out
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