There are close calls that can go either way, and then there are clear cut bad calls like we seen in last nights Mets game. Last nights umpires, specifically Home Plate ump Angel Hernandez as well as first base ump Bill Welke were dying for the Phillies to win and calling the game like it. The sad part was, they almost succeeded.
This was apparent. All three horrendous calls were clear as day. These were not bang-bang plays. Let’s call this abuse of power. Jason Werth’s home-run to make the score 7-5 should not have happened. Phillies were given five outs in that inning, but the edge came out and the Mets weren’t going to let this one get away.
First there was a double-play the Mets missed that CLEARLY showed the runner was out by at least a half step, not even close to bang-bang at first. That one, not too much of a big deal. The other two almost gave the game away, literally.
In the eighth inning, that little fucker and now my most hated Phillie, Shane Victorino, CLEARLY struck out. The pitch one hopped into Castro’s glove, strike three, Castro throws it around the infield. But Mets hater umpire Angel Hernandez, did what he does best, hate on the Mets. Calls the pitch a foul tip and gives Victorino another life. Again, for those that saw this, this was not even close. The ball was no where near the bat with a good five inches separating the ball and bat.
Now with Victorino on first, the worse call of them all occurred. On a double play ball to second, the throw goes to first for the force and now the Mets have Victorino in a run down. As Victorino jukes and heads back to second after a few throws, this dumb thug forgets he’s playing baseball and goes into football blocking mode like he’s opening a hole for Brian Westbrook.
Shane Thug-O-Rino intentionally goes out of his way and drops a shoulder with a little elbow block on Reyes, first base ump calls obstruction on Reyes. In order to do this, this thug went out of his way, stopped his momentum to second, and switched it towards right field which was the direction he had to go in to shoulder block Reyes. Reyes was CLEARLY on his way away from the base path.
This dirty little mother fucker deserves some chin music next time. Can Jerry get someone to thug-up, plunk his ass and really get this rivalry brewing? Because if there was ever a cheap shot, that was it. Just like the Red Sox aren’t afraid to let the Yankees know to look out, errant pitches might be coming their way, Mets need to let this cheap artist know they’re not going to go for this bush-league type stuff. This is in the same boat as A-Rods playoff hand slap a few years back.
For the third time Jerry came out arguing, but this time made Bill Welke eat his breath and took a bump, Jerry was tossed to the delight of the crowd for his first Citi ejection. Jerry simply wanted the ump to get help but the Nazi style tough guy wanted to hear no part of it. Watch the play here.
Do I sense some edge, some fight, and some emotion here? Fuck yeah.
These things happen, but to have three insanely dubious calls, and one worse than the next is something MLB needs to look at. And it shouldn’t be hard given all were CLEARLY captured on film.
Besides these gaffes, Mets are back. They did what you should do to a 50 year old lobber, crush him. We also finally saw a Reyes sighting last night, hopefully a sign of things to come. Big Pelf hung tough, gave the team innings and handed it over to the masterful pen. With Putz getting a day off, Feliciano took care of business in the 8th, and K-Rod shut it down for the forth time in four consecutive games.
Even though Mets have only played four games versus the Phillies this year, it’s becoming CLEARLY evident that the Mets have owned the Phillies during the season these past few years. Now let’s beat up on thee teams we should beat.