Umpire falls asleep, blows call, costs Angels Sweep of Freeway Series
In this day and age of high-tech developments, WHY do we still have to suffer through EASILY-CORRECTABLE screw-ups by fallible humans? On Sunday at Dodger Stadium, a simple Instant Replay could have clearly changed the outcome of the game. With two outs in the bottom of the 9th, with the Dodgers trailing the Angels 2-1, Dee Gordon was gunned down at home plate for the final out of the game. Catcher Jeff Mathis blocked the plate perfectly, preventing Gordon from ever reaching it. But the Home Plate umpire inexplicably called the runner safe, allowing the Dodgers to go on and salvage the third game of the Freeway Series, 3-2.
Angel Manager Mike Scioscia charged the plate and contested the call, but all he SHOULD have had to do is submit a Manager’s Challenge. If Baseball would incorporate Instant Replay like Football has, they would have checked the video, the call would have been reversed, and the Sweep would have been in the books.
Of course Scioscia had too much class to BLAME the Umpire for the loss, saying that the Angel Closer shouldn’t have allowed the baserunner in the first place. But I’m not the Manager, so I don’t have to be politically correct. The fact is that an egregious error by a spaced-out and out-of-position Umpire cost the Angels a victory — That, and an antiquated League policy that prohibits utilizing the totally AVAILABLE slo-mo replay to FIX an inexcusable mistake.
Here are 18 photos from the game, in chronological order, including the one that is conclusive evidence of the blown call (as also shown above).