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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Clint Barmes dropped the ball!I got a threshold, here. I got a threshold for the bad karma my team can experience. Now, right now, I'm a race car, right, and the Rockies got me in the red. And I'm just sayin', I'm just sayin' that it's dangerous to have a race car in the red. That's all. I could blow:
Photos taken by The Denver Post and a spectator in the right-field stands at Coors Field during Sunday's dramatic 4-3 victory over the Cardinals reveal that second baseman Clint Barmes bobbled the final popup, with one picture showing the baseball on the outfield grass. Barmes rolled on the grass, jumped to his feet and fired to first to double off Albert Pujols to end the game.
Click through for the pics. The third one down in the most damning.
Albert Pujols' baserunning mistakes notwithstanding, unless things break just right this week, this whole play shall forever be known as the play that jobbed the Braves out of the damn wild card.
(Thanks to readers puck and salvo for the heads up)
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:50pm
Here’s the link to the video of the play:
Pujols makes third easy.
Of course, if the Braves hadn’t blown a 4-run leading going into the 7th at Coors on the last day before the ASB, this would be less of a big deal.
Posted 09/29 at 05:35 PM
Nice post, Jason F, on the context of those plays. The other part about the game vs. San Diego is that the umps blew a call on Atkins’ 7th inning drive, ruling it a double rather than a HR. If that call is made correctly, who knows if the game would even go to extra innings.
Posted 09/29 at 06:04 PM
Jason F said...
@puck: True on the Atkins play from ‘07. If the current replay system for boundary calls was in in place then, that’s a dinger.
Dan Iassogna also called Dexter Fowler out at first in the first game of this Rockies-Cards series on Friday night, and replay showed that Fowler was safe by quite a bit. On Saturday night, Iassogna was behind the plate and botched at least two calls—one a called third strike on Jason Giambi (replay showed it was low and inside), and one a checked-swing third strike on Mark DeRosa (replay showed he did not go around). Then on Sunday, shortly before the bloop double play in question, Skip Shoemaker was called out at first on a grounder to shortstop, and replay showed he beat the throw.
The quality of umpiring in this series left something to be desired, and we’ve talked at length about the overall state of umpiring this season. My point is this: Teams don’t win or lose, or make the playoffs or miss them, based on a call by an umpire. And blaming blue is a loser’s lament.
Posted 09/29 at 07:11 PM
“My point is this: Teams don’t win or lose, or make the playoffs or miss them, based on a call by an umpire. And blaming blue is a loser’s lament.”
If a team misses the playoffs by a small enough margin, there are all sorts of things you could point to that allowed their opposition to get that extra win or two over them. An example that’s more palatable to those who want to believe that calls “even out” is having a starter or two with really low BABIPs, causing their team to generate a little less offense then they “deserved”. But why couldn’t the same kind of thing happen with umpires? It’s easy to claim that it all evens out, and in the long run, it does, but a single season is not the long run. Umpires CAN be a difference maker, even if they are not the only difference maker. Yes, the team could have just won an extra game or two on their own merits, but it’s not as if they don’t have opponents who are trying their hardest to beat them. If having to also overcome bad breaks from the umpires can be avoided, it should. It’s a cop out to say that teams should just ahve to deal with it.
Posted 09/29 at 08:10 PM
Jason F said...
Again, Todd, I fully agree with the scope of what you’re saying here. But the Barmes play was really crazy—he was sprinting backwards at full speed, dove, tumbled, and popped up holding the ball. His back was turned to all four umpires, and all four of them were shielded from a view of the ball.
None of the video cameras broadcasting the game picked up the ball on the grass. None of the press photographers credentialed to cover the game captured it either. The only image that shows the loose ball was shot by a fan, in the stands far up the first base line. If that dude’s shutter clicks one instant later, or if the shadows are different, or if he chooses not to put the pic on his blog, we aren’t having this conversation.
Of course we all wish that every call was correct, and that every game was decided solely on the merits of the teams playing it. Just because that didn’t happen in this case doesn’t mean that the Rockies are somehow less deserving of the wild card (as some in this thread have suggested) or that their 88 wins to date are now suspect.
Posted 09/29 at 11:45 PM
Dennis Koziel said...
I was at the Cards/Rocks game on Sunday, two rows from the field, behind home plate. Despite the fact he probably thought his team was jobbed, I saw Tony Larusa do a very classy thing. He walked over to the Rockies dugout and shake Jim Tracy’s hand. I’m sure it was to wish him contiued good luck in the playoffs. Nice to see that any time.
Posted 09/30 at 09:15 AM