Last night I was watching the New York Mets take on the Los Angeles Dodgers and everything was going fine until the top of the 7th inning when Mets’ center fielder Juan Lagares was up with the bases loaded, one out, and the Mets down 3-2. So in that at bat, Lagares extended the count to three balls and two strikes against relief pitcher Ronald Belisario, and the full count pitch was at least one foot outside but home plate umpire Chad Fairchild rung up Lagares on strikes.
The end result was the Mets ended up losing to Dodgers 4-2, but if it wasn’t for that horrible call in the 7th, the Mets would have tied the game at three and could have tacked on more runs. That one bad call definitely impacted and changed the course of that game.
Earlier today, I found out that in the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros game, which was also last night, Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had a perfect game going with two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning against Astros’ Jonathan Villar. With a 2-2 count, Darvish threw a pitch right on the outside corner for a strike, but of course the home plate umpire, Ron Kulpa, called it a ball. Villar ended up walking in that at bat, so okay the perfect game is now gone but the no-hitter is still alive. Well Kulpa did his best to end that as he, not Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski, ripped off his mask and engaged Pierzynski in an argument and egged him on before proceeding to throw Pierzynski out of the game.
Darvish ended up losing the no-hitter in the 8th inning, but that is not the point. The overall stupidity and the egos of these umpires has to be addressed by Major League Baseball immediately. It is utterly ridiculous.
These umpires try their best to take over games, either by making a bad or controversial call, like in the Mets/Dodgers game, or by doing things like what Kulpa did to Pierzynski in the Rangers/Astros game. There are both from just last night.
This is just one of many things that is ruining the once great game of baseball in my opinion. What’s yours?