Adam Rosales was supposed to have been the ninth-inning hero for the Oakland Athletics after hitting a two-out bomb to deep left field, but MLB umpire Angel Hernandez made a horrendous call that stole the game away from the A’s.
The injury-depleted A’s needed this game against the Cleveland Indians to help boost team morale after dropping the first two games of the series. It’s a miracle that Bob Melvin’s club has been able to hover above .500 this season because of injuries to Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Sizemore, and Chris Young that have plagued the A’s all season.
Oakland fans are all too familiar with getting robbed in key games. The infamous fumble by Tom Brady over a decade ago that was overturned by referees, for instance — the tuck rule led to the fall of the Oakland Raiders. Yeah, the tuck rule was far worse because it was in a playoff game, but this robbery in Cleveland is just opening old wounds for fans in the east bay.
How on earth can Bud Selig let a terrible decision like this stand? Admitting that Hernandez made a bad call means nothing to the A’s and their fans. Selig needs to suspend Hernandez and his crew for a few games to show that umpires are not immune to baseball suspensions. If Selig really wanted to make amends, he should have made the teams replay the game starting in the ninth inning with two outs.
At the end of the day, its Oakland fans who have gotten the short end of the stick once again.
Jorge Contreras is an Oakland Raiders writer for RantSports.com. Follow Jorge on Twitter @jraycontreras