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Atrocious umpiring not a factor as Yanks stomp Angels

Oct 21, 2009, 12:26 AM EDT

At least some brought their A games to the park on Tuesday. The Halos certainly didn’t live up to their logos, and the boys in blue continued to build the case for why instant replay needs to be greatly expanded in baseball.
Since it turned into a rout, CC Sabathia will be the story, and deservedly so. On three days’ rest, the big left-hander silenced anyone still questioning his postseason record with eight innings of one-run ball. He improved to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.19.
Had the game remained close, then the umpires would have faced their greatest scrutiny yet. Tim McClelland, widely revered as the game’s best, horribly botched two plays at third, making it obvious in the process that he wasn’t even paying attention to the game in front of him.
In the fourth, second-base umpire Dale Scott missed a clear pickoff at second base. That was the play that led to McClelland’s first error. Nick Swisher should have been called out after straying from the bag, but Scott ruled him safe following the pickoff throw. He went on to advance to third and seemingly score on a sac fly, but McClelland, who never looked to see where Swisher was, said Swisher left too early and called him out, though replay showed he didn’t. It wasn’t even particularly close.
At least that was righting a wrong. McClelland’s call in the fifth suggested that his head was a long way from Anaheim. Swisher hit a comebacker to Darren Oliver with Jorge Posada on third and Robinson Cano on second. Oliver threw home, and catcher Mike Napoli snatched the ball and ran Posada back to third. Cano, meanwhile, had run almost all of the way to third, only to stop a foot in front of the bag. Posada returned to third, but overran the base, allowing Napoli to tag both players while neither was on the bag. Bizarrely, McClelland only gave the Angels the one out. Fortunately, the Angels did get out of the inning without further damage.
So, the score will overshadow the bad umpiring and some poor managing from Mike Scioscia, who decided against pulling an ineffective Scott Kazmir to start the fifth and never went to Ervin Santana until it was 5-1. It didn’t matter, since the Angels couldn’t get anything going against Sabathia and they again failed to stop Alex Rodriguez, who went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three-run scored.
Now comes the unnecessary day off before a must-win Game 5 for the Angels. A.J. Burnett and John Lackey will pitch. With Lackey comes his personal catcher, Jeff Mathis, and that the Angels are facing a right-hander means that Maicer Izturis is due to start at second over Howie Kendrick. However, Scioscia better have some sort of new plan in store, because a weaker lineup is hardly what the Angels need right now.
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  1. NYguy - Oct 21, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    “I have never seen a Yankee fan with the respect and reverence for the opposing teams fans in my entire life, and I’ve been a BoSox fan since six.”
    There is a difference in earning respect and demanding it. It would be nice to know how often you tried to find Yankee fans unlike your sterotyping and hatred have shaped. Statements like the above one you made would lead people to believe you like to speak in generalities. Even if you did meet reverent fans you would have still made your remarks. That is the Red Sox fans way. I am sure Fenway Park filled with you crybabies yelling over and over, “Yankees suck,” means you are all far above disrespecting opposing teams. Get real, whiner. Remember back in 2004 when Ben Affleck cried about having to sit for a few hours next to the Yankees dugout. He said he would have to suffer for a few hours, but could do it. Well, we all had to suffer for a few hours watching, “Gigli,” a pathetic piece of celluloid tripe as I have ever seen. It works both ways infecteau.

  2. slipknot2248 - Oct 21, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    I don’t care which team faces the National League, not do I care which team wins the Series. The officiating in both Leagues is same, it reaks of something other than fairness. Team owners or at least the managers and players should push for an in depth investigation of the Umpires and the organization that they belong to. Most of the games I’ve watched this year, especially in the post-season appear to have a rather high amount of inconsistancy of fairness toward one team or another in each game or series of games, and as much as I love my Rockies, they were guilty as hell in covering up on dropped fly balls in the outfield, but in the Phillies series the pitch count display showed what the plate ump was calling as strikes for the Phillies pitchers were balls for Rockies pitchers. And it didn’t matter which crew or which park it was impossible to get a fair call in the NLDS. I’m really reluctant to claim they’re taking payoffs but it sure appears that way.

  3. NYguy - Oct 21, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    “I’m really reluctant to claim they’re taking payoffs but it sure appears that way.”
    That is a heavy accusation you make without an iota of evidence in support of it.

  4. Dick - Oct 21, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    One expects close calls to be missed now and then and can only hope they even out and do not affect the outcome of a close game. I usually give umps the benefit of a doubt, but the number of missed calls this year is outrageous. Is it favoratism or just plain incompetence? I don’t know. However, if they can’t straighten it out, the only answer is instant replay and review.

  5. amie - Oct 21, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    This incredibly “incompetent” umpiring is not confined to this game in the post season. Every single post season series has calls blown so obviously that it can’t be a mistake. SI even ran an article on it this month. MLB stands to gain the most TV revenue from what teams in the post season? Major market (east and west coast)teams. In the World Series? The Yankees. We don’t need instant replay in baseball. There needs to be an investigation of MLB for fraud. The Yankees didn’t pay off the umpires. MLB did.

  6. dave - Oct 21, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Well it does not matter anymore. I will watch something else now . Theses games are a production from MLB and the goon from the Brewers. NY must win they have a very big expensive stadiumn to pay for. OH I mean the TAXPAYERS have to pay for . I have seen better umpireing in little league than what we have seen so far. If it was just one game well maybe someone forgot his eye drops. But it seems to be every game. And their arrogance about what the saw. Hell I would be will to bet they saw a space ship land and take someone away. They think (and believe ) they are 100% correct.
    Now who will win the 2010 world series?

  7. dlp - Oct 21, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    This is BS. Cano went with the umpire’s call. He is not the one that is supposed to make the call. If he argues a call that he feels incorrect he is punished. This would be exactly that!

  8. Steve - Oct 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Please,leave that crack alone!

  9. NYguy - Oct 21, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    “This incredibly “incompetent” umpiring is not confined to this game in the post season. Every single post season series has calls blown so obviously that it can’t be a mistake. SI even ran an article on it this month. MLB stands to gain the most TV revenue from what teams in the post season? Major market (east and west coast)teams. In the World Series? The Yankees. We don’t need instant replay in baseball. There needs to be an investigation of MLB for fraud. The Yankees didn’t pay off the umpires. MLB did.”
    The fact that you come home late many nights while your husband thinks you are with friends is telling. Obviously, coming home late means you are having an affair and that can’t be a mistake. Time magazine ran an article on cheating wives this month. There needs to be an investigation for fraud. Especially you paying off a co-worker to not spill the beans.
    Isn’t it fun just talking off the top of our heads and making up wild-ass stories to show how easily people are so full of themselves? Next, she will tell us how ET is still here and is the real owner of this blog.

  10. NYguy - Oct 21, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    “Well it does not matter anymore. I will watch something else now.”
    Thank you. We cannot tell you how happy you have made all of us. Please, do not try to post in the future if you do not watch. It may be hard for you to understand that your team is not playing and nobody else cares. Hey, that makes everyone just like you. I’ll bet you think you have hurt someone’s feelings.

  11. Old Gator - Oct 21, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    I love you too, sweetheart. You up for a spot of necrophilia tonight?

  12. concrete jungle - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    So what most people are saying is the YANKEES PAIF OFF the Umpires
    well THAT SURE IS SMART, TOO BAD YOUR TEAM CAN’T THINK LIKE THAT.
    GOOD JOB FELLAS MAKE SURE THE WORLD SERIES TROPHY IS RETURNED TO IT’S RIGHTFUL PLACE, NEW YORK.
    BUH BYE

  13. The old Man - Oct 22, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    First the players make so much money there is not of a reason to keep playing, especially in November.
    Tony for the Cardinals wanted to go back home for his animal rights and other stuff. As long as Bud Selig is in charge nothing will change. The umpires are over paid fat union guys. Where is Pete Rose. That is a shame.
    Half of the players should not be in the Bigs. Did you know that Yogi stuck out only 12 times in almost 600 at bats. Stan the Man would have hit 800 home runs if St Louis did have a screen in right.

  14. D. Fay - Oct 22, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    It sure must be a nice feeling to have bought your way into the series!? Isn’t is odd how you get to see 5 camera angles that “prove” when the Angels miss a play but 1 or 2 angles that are “inconclusive” (oops, do not prove) that the Skanees (yankees) got got away with another favor from the paid off umpire!! New York hasn’t had a REAL Baseball Player for decades!! All you have out there now are people who work at the game of baseball and end up going for the big money. That is the real tragedy of baseball across the board in general but in the Bronx specifically. Maybe that is why Anaheim is still voted consistently as the best city/community for sports in the country! The people and the players have a love of the game and an desire to bring home the title honestly without the help of the dirty “Rat Bastard” Umps!
    Go Halos

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