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Denard Span: "you can't make that call right there"

Jun 18, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

I was only 967% out!

I like Denard Span. Fun guy to watch. Seems like a thoughtful fellow too.  But his comments after getting picked off at second base in yesterday’s game aren’t an example of Span at his best:

“I had told the second-base umpire, I let him know how I felt the
inning after I ran to my position. I just felt like there was no point
in arguing, because he’s already called me out. We had an early game, so
I know everybody’s trying to get out of here. We’ve got a storm coming
in, that’s what I heard.

“You can’t make that call right there. We were battling. Usually
pickoff plays like that, it has to be blatant–like I’m one thousand
percent out.”

This is why I could never do play-by-play or color work for ballgames. If I did, there is a 1000% chance that I would ascribe some percentage of outness to Denard Span every single time he didn’t reach base safely, most likely beating it to death as the season wore on.

And if I were one of his teammates, I would, without question, be at the mall this morning having “1000% out” t-shirts made for everyone in the clubhouse.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    That’s the problem with afternoon games when a storm is coming in. You’re only 837% out and they’re in a hurry and they call you out. The game has lost some purity.

  2. Levi Stahl - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    The amusing bit is the 1000% out part, but the really odd aspect is that Span is making this sort of defense at all. I mean, usually it seems a guy either knows he’s out or not on a tag play, right? And if he knows he’s out, he may argue in the moment in hopes of selling it, but he won’t go on arguing it later–yet here it seems that Span is more or less agreeing that he was out, but that it was close enough that the ump couldn’t have really known that?
    All in all, it’s an awesome quote.

  3. Jerryh7 - Jun 18, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    If you’re 1000% out, does that mean that you are automatically out your next 9 at bats as well?

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