Via Sports Grid, a palate-cleansing dose of injustice after a long day of debt-blogging. I could kind of understand this call if it had come in, say, the bottom of the third. Frankly, the first time I watched it, it wasn’t clear to me either that the catcher made the tag. What makes it egregious isn’t that it was technically wrong, it’s that it was situationally wrong. What you’re watching here are the final moments of a 19-inning game, the last 16 innings of which were scoreless to this point. They were on the field for more than six and a half hours. Under the circumstances, this is — or should have been — tantamount to a “neighborhood play.” Instead, this. An ending so mind-blowingly horrible, some sportswriters were left wondering if the ump blew it intentionally because he was tired and wanted to go home. (He later acknowledged that he blew it, but not on purpose.)
But no, it’s not the worst call in baseball history. That honor belongs to a call made under similar circumstances — on the last play of the game, at a moment of utmost drama, with the runner even more clearly out than this one was. Nobody’s perfect!