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The Umps! The Rain! AAAAAH!!!!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I was a tad concerned that this World Series wouldn't interest me much - I like the Rays but I'm not all that invested in their success, and I'm pretty neutral about the Phillies. To my delight, the series has actually been quite riveting and I've enjoyed every moment of it!

I've got a couple gripes, though:

1) What is up with the umps?! I hate to knock those dudes because they are generally amazing and make the right calls (I can't even count the number of times I've hollered "what?! He was safe!" only to see that the ump was in fact right when they played the slow-mo replay for us), but there have been SEVERAL missed calls in the first four and a half games of the series. I understand the hesitation to utilize the available instant replay willy-nilly during the regular season, but I think that special provisions should be made for the World Series. Perhaps they could allow each manager a certain number of challenges? It seems like a waste to refuse to use the available technology during the most important games of the year.

2) What is up with the umps in the rain?! I have never seen a baseball game played in rain as hard as Monday. The pitchers' fastballs were only about 80% as fast as they're capable of throwing, and how the hell are batters expected to hit a ball so slick with water? Not to mention the risk of slipping and sliding all over the field (or on the on-deck circle a la Manny). WHAT WERE THEY WAITING FOR?! A hurricane? Dugout flood? Drowning of the shortest player on the field? Did they honestly think they were going to play 9 innings? It was obvious after an inning that the rain was WAY too outta control to get the game in. Tonight, since they ended on a tie the other night, they're basically playing a 4 inning game to decide whether the Phils win or if the Rays get another chance. That just doesn't seem right.

What dost thou think? Am I being ridic?

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, October 29, 2008  
  • At 10:53 AM, Anonymous mets guy said…

    I think the biggest issue here was miscommunication regarding the result of the game if it was called early. From what I gather, the players and coaches thought the game might be called "official", and that's the end of the World Series right there. If they had known it was going to be picked back up later, I'm sure at least Maddon would have insisted they stop play.

    It went on for too long, that's for sure. When you can't pitch, can't hit and can't run the bases well, it's not baseball.

  • At 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The officiating in this Series was an abortion. I don't think replay is the answer. These guys were just BAD.
    I've seen a trend the last few years to paly more baseball in bad weather.
    I'm just glad the ball didn't slip out of one of the pitcher's hands and hit somebody in the head. Came close a couple times, when they weren't bouncing them.
    There's a couple things they have to do:
    Stop scheduling the playoffs to meet the TV netsorks scedule. No extra days off. When a series is decided, go to the next one.
    Run the regular season so the Series doesn't start in the winter.
    That would mean scheduled double headers. ("Let's play two!") Jeez. Any high paying jobs invovles some overtime. These guys are supposed to ba at least a little tough.
    I think Selig made the right call(for once) excepte for letting it go way too long.
    Actually, it was a pretty good Series. I would have like to seen the Rays win, but the Phillies earned it.
    Good for them!
    Looking forward to seeing them get swept by the Yankees this time next year.


  • At 4:42 AM, Anonymous On The Fence Sports said…

    What would you say to Manny being in Pinstripes?

    Here is the Yahoo! Sports article.


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