Jerry Meals and the “Human Element” in the MLB

It was an amazing game. Michael McKenry got his second career home run to pad the Pirates’ lead in the second, then Jeff Karstens gave up 3 runs in the third, the last run scored by either team.

The last run until Jerry Means blatantly blew a call in the bottom of the 19th. If Proctor had gotten a single to left, or somebody had hit a home run, we wouldn’t be here right now. we would be talking about how great the game was – The Pirates bullpen came in during the 5th inning and allowed just 9 hits over 14 innings, with zero runs being scored against them. The Braves’ ‘pen went 13 innings, allowing just 6 hits. Brian McCann was taken out of the game with a strained oblique. Daniel McCutchen went five and a third innings, giving up 3 hits but walking four. Nate McLouth and Fredi Gonzalez were ejected in the 9th for apparently no reason. The Buccos used all of their bullpen except for Joel Hanrahan, while the Braves used all of their bullpen.

It was a historic ballgame for both sides. The game lasted six hours and thirty-nine minutes. There were 5,985,000 Tweets sent. NFL free agency had started and the Steelers locked up the most overrated CB in the NFL for 4 more years.

This should be the final straw for instant replay in baseball. Bud Selig, arguably the worst commissioner in MLB history (he still believes that Doubleday created baseball), is always claiming that instant replay would taint the “human element” of baseball.

There is no judgment call for a player who was clearly out by 10 feet. The only defense Jerry Meals had was this:

“I saw the tag, but he looked like he oléd him and I called him safe for that,” Meals said after the game. “I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area. I’m guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened I didn’t see a tag. I just saw the glove sweep up. I didn’t see the glove hit his leg.”

Will somebody please tell me what the fuck Meals meant by “oléd?” Which one of the three different tags die he “ole?” Does he think that the Pirates’ catcher is Roger Dorn?

But now, instead of talking about the result of the game or even the course of the game, we’re talking about an umpire.

Contact Bud Selig at 212-931-7800.


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