Blind umpires and the Red Sox fans that hate them. What is going on, and where is Oprah when we need her? (Is that too old a reference. It might be.)
During Sunday’s game the ball was clearly caught by Daniel Nava, then he transferred the ball to his throwing hand, and threw it to the infield. It was ruled an error by the umpire. I guess because the catch didn’t look clean. This is not Nava’s first rodeo. The caught ball was not ruled an out, and the Detroit Tigers’ player took second base for a double. How could one of the infield umpires see the catch from where he stood? I think the ump took far too much creative license. If this guy wants to express his artistic side, he ought to take a painting class.
How can these umpires get away with this? Managers can ask for umpires to look at a replay of a particular situation, but the umps don’t have to do what the managers order. The decision to challenge a call must come from the umpires. This is unfortunate because that call cost the Red Sox the game. While it would be beneficial in these situations for the managers to have the ability to challenge calls, the players and fans would probably be further aggravated by long games becoming even longer. Also, the challenge aspect may be overused.
The lack of control is startling in a game where every moment is carefully measured. This is why John Farrell went ballistic. Rarely, do you see him lose his cool. I think I have seen him ejected twice this year, both over bad calls. When you know you’re right, you’re right, right?
The question remains: how do you employ some checks and balances, some objectivity, without delaying the game? How do you prevent things like this from happening again?
I’ve lost faith in humanity. Bring on the robots.