Thursday, October 13, 2005


For some reason on this Thursday night, I find myself very tired. A long week filled with Fall Break, papers and, of course weird sports. In preparing for a more discussion-based radio show this Sunday, I have devoted myself to SportsCenter to find out about what is going on. I was amazed to see the weird play in Chicago where AJ Pierzynski made it to first on a called strike three. The catcher was walking to the dugout and the umpire had already called him out. Then when he made it to first, the umpire changed his call. He wasn't sure whether the ball hit the ground or not and decided to call Pierzynski safe. The White Sox extended the inning and went on to win the game.

After being a counselor/referee at basketball camp this summer, I am certainly slower to criticize refereeing than I would be. It is difficult to be in a position where the players question your call and then you begin to question it. You realize that maybe you really didn't see things right and that the player who is yelling in your ear has a point. Perhaps so. But then why couldn't they use instant replay. It hasn't destroyed the integrity of football. In fact, with instant replay the Braves would have gotten the final out in that historic NLDS game where the first base ump said that Julio Franco had his foot off the bag. Instant replay, salary cap, and playoffs. Every sport needs them now. I'm out.

1 comment:

Will said...

Sadly, instant replay would not have been the answer. I'm not really sure what everyone is up in arms about in terms of replay solving this problem. The replay was entirely inconclusive. No way it would have been overturned.

The only thing that could have saved this game was an umpire who stuck by his original call of Strike 3. AJ was just smart enough to fool the ump into thinking, "Hey, maybe it did hit the dirt."

So, despite the fact that he had just signaled Strike 3, he also signaled Safe at First.

I don't think replay would have changed that game.

I do like replay for situations such as the home run in the Houston-Atlanta series. The umps got it right, but that was very difficult to see!