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Umpire Dale Scott rung up Big Papi on a terrible call

May 13, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

David Ortiz struck out looking in the ninth inning of yesterday’s Sox-Jays game.  I’ve seen Ortiz roll his eyes and grumble about calls before, but he’s not known to be a whiner or anything.  He went absolutely nuts after strike three, however, and when you watch the video, you’ll agree that he had a case.  That ball would have plunked a righty on the thigh.

But maybe our eyes deceive us! Maybe the camera angle and wind shear and the Doppler effect and stuff tricked our minds into seeing a ball when it really was a strike!  Pitch f/x, baby!  It’s the only way to be sure!

Ortiz pitch FX.gifNope! Just as bad as it looked. And strike one wasn’t much better.

It happens, I suppose. But as pitch data is becoming easier and easier for the common fan to use, bad calls are becoming harder to take.

  1. Evan - May 13, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    You might be the only person in the United States that thinks Tennis has gotten better evidenced by the complete collapse in its ratings over the last 20 years…I think the game has become much more sterile as judges/umpires play a much less significant role and their interactions with players have become much more limited.
    Officiating in football and basketball, as I said earlier, is MUCH more important than in baseball. In basketball, games are decided by last second shots/plays all the time. In football, single games/plays in the playoffs affect the outcome of the entire season. The stakes are MUCH higher in those sports and so I support replays etc for them.
    In baseball you almost never have a situation where the entire season is decided on a single called strike (or ball). You have 162 games and thousands of opportunities to make the post-season. From there you have hundreds of opportunities to affect the outcome of a series.
    This “bad call” as referenced by Craig is a prime example. Ortiz, and the rest of his team, had ample opportunity to score 1 additional run. Hell, pitch #4 was perfectly hittable.

  2. GMan from Beantown - May 13, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I was sitting in straightway CF bleachers & listening to the radio play by play. Dale Scott was awful all afternoon. Punched out JD Drew twice earlier in the game on 2 pitches way outside. In the 9th he had a batch of bad strike calls, so you just had to swing away to protect yourself as a hitter. He made a joke of the game. Was he in a hurry to catch an early flight? Looked as if he didn’t want to let the Sox come back & send it into extras.
    He was flat out horrible!
    By the way, I’m all for umps calling more strike to move the game along but it has to be within reason.
    Papi had a legit beef. When Scott blew a call on the next batter, mgr Terry Francona came out, argued & got tossed. Probably the loudest cheers of the day except when the crowd acknowledged Tim Wakefield’s 2000th career K.

  3. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT - May 13, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Bad calls happen to every batter everywhere around the league. What makes the Big Pap Smear any more special here? Or is he being paid more attention because he whines to anyone who’ll listen to his Great Injustice?

  4. engraves house - May 14, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    This sh1t Happens all the time and it shouldn’t, but that’s baseball, where we always have to put up with obvious mistakes by umpires.

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