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One of the worst calls you’ll see this year

Apr 28, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

Chip Hale, Jose Reye, Marvin Hudson

Jose Reyes hit a triple in the eighth inning of last night’s Mets-Nationals game. And then he was called out for allegedly taking his hand off the bag.

Watch the replay — the second, super slow motion one — and note just how not off the bag he came. Luckily the Mets went on to win and it didn’t matter, but at the time it seemed big.

Another instance where an eye-in-the-sky ump with a walkie talkie could have settled the matter in less time than the subsequent argument took.

  1. Phillies Homer - Apr 28, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Haha… Even umpires hate Reyes.

    Awful call… but accurately displays the D-bagginess of Jose Reyes. What an a$$hole.

    • bennyblanco1 - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:03 AM

      What are you talking about? He’s a D-bag for getting a little excited after a bad call? Actually after a terrible call. It wasnt even close.

      Whats accurately displayed is your hate for a guy whose been playing hard. I suppose if it was Jimmy Rollins, you’d be saying how into the game he was or some nonsense.

      • Phillies Homer - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:13 AM

        Jimmy Rollins wouldn’t be climbing a coaches back in an attempt to murder the umpire.

        Reyes is a pompous, cocky player who plays when he feels like it. The fact that you needed to state “for a guy whose been playing hard”, goes to show it. I bet he owns himself in a fantasy league and is more disappointed that they took a triple away from him than actually be in scoring position for his suck @$$ team.

      • catsmeat - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:14 AM

        Jimmy Rollins or Shane Victorino would be “getting the team fired up” and showing their “us against the world” attitude with that display. Jose Reyes is merely being a selfish jerk.


      • trevorb06 - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:38 AM

        Speaking of Victorino and Rollins, where is the Phillies offense? Not to mention they’re on the wrong side of 30. Guess I’d rather have Reyes and his passion on a bad call than Rollins, who Phillies Homer claims wouldn’t do anything. Guess Rollins just doesn’t care about the game that much, or about winning.

        See what I did there?

      • Phillies Homer - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:46 AM

        Clever… though I stated “Rollins wouldn’t be climbing a coaches back…”

        But, it’d either be because Ol Cholly wouldn’t get out there fast enough… or there’d be just too much back for Jimmy to climb.

        Also, since when do you need offense to win?

      • trevorb06 - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:03 AM

        Great moments in back-peddling. :-)

      • Phillies Homer - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:05 AM

        Not quite sure how I back peddled? Do you know what that phrase means?

      • trevorb06 - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM

        Then there’s no hope left.

    • Phillies Homer - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM

      If you say so… I guess making a joke about Charlie Manuel bobbing out whenever he argues a call is back peddling.

      What is so funny about all this is if my screenname wasn’t “Phillies Homer” rather something neutral and you didn’t know I was a fan of the Phillies, I guarantee my posts wouldn’t have been surrounded with such controversy. Sure, maybe I crossed a line by attacking Reyes like I did… but I know I’m not the only one that views Reyes as an egotistical player.

      But since my sn is “Phillies Homer”, I guess it’s just inherent that I’m a, well, phillies homer. I suppose, looking back… my screenname wasn’t the wisest choice!

      • trevorb06 - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:36 AM

        We need the print version of the orchestra that plays people off the stage, don’t we?

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:47 AM

        No. Your screen name only exacerbates that you—as you said yourself—that you crossed the line by attacking Reyes with such vigor.

      • Phillies Homer - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM

        All vigorous comments aside:

        A) I’m fairly confident fans of the other 29 teams, aside from the Mets, all think Reyes is an egotistical and somewhat cocky player.


        B) I still would like trevorb and the rest of the Reyes’ sympathists to state that Reyes wasn’t “over the top” in his reaction of the bad call.

      • trevorb06 - Apr 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM

        Reyes was not over the top, many other ball players NOT names Jose Reyes would have done something similar.

        *cues orchestra*

      • Phillies Homer - Apr 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM

        As evidenced by Chone Figgins, right?

      • bennyblanco1 - Apr 28, 2011 at 12:26 PM

        A) I am fairly confident that fans of the other 29 teams would love to have Reyes on their team right now. Unless your a Rockies or Marlins fan who dont need a SS and leadoff hitter like Reyes. I am also fairly confident that many GMS will be bidding for his services come the trade deadline.

        B) It was a knee jerk reaction to a terrible call. Maybe now, a day later he may regret jumping up and down. But in the heat of the moment, it was understandable. Only a hater like you can call it “over the top”.

      • Phillies Homer - Apr 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

        A) Definitely didn’t answer the question. I’m not calling into question Reyes’ abilities. I’m not that much of a hater to know he’s a top 5, probably 3 if he can stay healthy, shortstop. I’m just saying that only Mets fans can stomach his cocky personality.

        B) If he has to regret something than it was probably “over the top”. But, the reaction is on par for the image that Reyes puts out and is what I was just trying to convey, albeit and admittedly, not in the best way.

      • bennyblanco1 - Apr 28, 2011 at 2:32 PM

        You love to twist peoples words.

        Fact is, his reaction was accetable considering the situation. If not, I’m sure the ump would have tossed him. Trevorb said it best, many other players would have reacted the same if not worse.

        Your hate for Reyes is clouding your judgement.

      • trevorb06 - Apr 28, 2011 at 2:45 PM

        *orchestra playing*

      • noneofyourbusiness95 - Apr 28, 2011 at 3:50 PM

        1) I’m not a Phillies or NY fan.
        2) I did not notice your screen name. Your using Rollins as a comparison was sufficient.
        3) If any player on my team didn’t react the way Reyes did I’d be pissed under the circumstances.
        4) Rollins is one of the most generally overrated players in baseball. He had one great season and has a career slash line of 272/329/434 which is very similar to (but not quite as good as that of) Reyes at 286/335/434

    • marshmallowsnake - Apr 29, 2011 at 12:25 PM

      Reyes looks like the Predator when he is angry!

  2. Ace - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Chone Figgins being called out at home in the Seattle-Detroit game was another doozey last night. It was also pretty hilarious, because as Figgins was jubilantly dancing back to the dugout and pumping his fist (knowing he missed the tag), you could clearly see the umpire just over his shoulder calling him out:

    • Phillies Homer - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:16 AM

      The comparison between Chone Figgins “right way to handle a bad call” reaction is versus Jose Reyes’ “don’t go to sleep tonight, I may kill you” reaction is pretty laughable.

      • sneschalmers - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM

        Just stop man, you’re embarrassing yourself.

      • trevorb06 - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:41 AM

        Thanks for showing us the difference between a fan and a phan. One is smart, the other is… well… you get the point.

      • bennyblanco1 - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:54 AM

        So not having a reaction to a terrible call is better then getting riled up? I would much rather have guys showing some emotion.

        Just plain old hate. Why is it that so many Phillies fans have all this hate? You figure you’d be pretty content. But not you.

        Jonny5 at least contributes intelligent comments.

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM

        Very rarely though, that guy jonny5 is a knucklehead if you ask me.

      • Phillies Homer - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:03 AM

        I’m all for showing some emotion. But, c’mon… you can honestly say that Reyes’ reaction to that call wasn’t over the top??

        I am a pretty big Reyes hater… I can admit that. But, if I saw David Wright (a Met I respect) or even a Phillie have that kind of reaction, I’d call him an @$$hole.

        I called DeSean Jackson an @$$hole when he showed up the Cowboys. I laughed about it, but I still called him an @$$hole.

      • trevorb06 - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:04 AM

        Jonny5 is a fan… not a phan. He just happens to be a Phillies fan, but that’s a whole different horse to beat there.

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:24 AM

        Poor Jonny5…getting dragged into all kinds of hijinks……bad enough your robotic relative can’t even get the ball to the plate…….

        Awful bunch of emotion here over a Jose Reyes post……

      • cur68 - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:46 AM

        Yeah blue, poor old j5; the Phillies whipping bot. Too much pie in his diet, that’s why this happens.

        Just an awful call, an understandable reaction by Reyes and, considering how others have handled umpiring that didn’t go there way (George Brett and pine tar anyone? Robbie Alomar perhaps? What about Ozzie?) he actually didn’t get the hook form the game.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM

        Don’t feel bad for Jonny 5…he’s got a massive deck—just ask him.

      • Jonny 5 - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:38 AM

        I have a thick exterior shell. Ti-6Al-4V hardened in the fires of hell and quenched in the by the oils of the gods, same stuff that saves our men’s backsides while tankbusting in the baddest, meanest jet ever built.

  3. heffmessina - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    That was the worst call I’ve seen since Joe Mauer’s “foul ball” in the 2009 playoffs. Yeah how dare he be upset that he was clearly safe and was called out when he would have been the tying run on 3rd base in the 8th inning.

  4. ThatGuy - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    That was one of the worst calls ever, the ump was in perfect position even.

  5. sdelmonte - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    And somehow Reyes avoided being tossed from the game, which is a credit to the third base coach.

    A bad call, but then a good win. Maybe the team got fired up just a bit? We can only hope.

    • nps6724 - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:26 AM

      Like the announcer said, he probably didn’t get tossed because the ump realized he was wrong. And for once, the umpire didn’t escalate the issue.

      • The Dangerous Mabry - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:47 AM

        It’s actually emphasizing this point. It was an awful, awful call, but give the umpire credit for at least not making it worse. I hate that you even have to do that, but with the way some umpires would have reacted, at least this guy did the right thing once he’d made the awful call and didn’t escalate.

  6. catsmeat - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Oh, and as always: bring on the robots.

  7. hasbeen5 - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    He realized he was about to cross the line and backed off. It’s not like he spit in the guy’s face or something. I’d have been pissed too.
    Also, it was a hell of a throw.
    Also, the phantom bunt attempt on the HBP in the Angels game was pretty bad too. Not as bad as this or Figgins, but still pretty bad.

  8. ahealthyscratch - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    I always wonder when I see these things: What would Reyes have done if the third base coach wasn’t there? Not saying his reaction was out of line, I just always am curious about that.

    Also, his reaction did have a bit of “Hold me back, hold me back, let me go, let me go” to it, like most major leaguers. I never cease to find it funny.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 28, 2011 at 12:04 PM

      Agreed. He could have easily gotten around the coach if his “furor” was genuine. Jumping around as if being restrained is just so much showmanship. I won’t fault the guy for it, but it seems rather silly.

  9. wkinsomnia - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    I think Reyes reacted accordingly. It was a horrible call, at a horrible time in the game. And just in my opinion…it looked like one of those situations where he was jumping up and down by himself till the third base coach stepped in, upon which he decided to ‘act’ as though he was going to go after the Ump. You know…the old ‘tough guy’ routine. Lots of people do it to make themselves look tougher. Either way though, it was a horseshit call

  10. gmsingh - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Baseball managers need two challenges like they have in football.

    • BC - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      What happens if they’re wrong? Do they lose a trip to the mound? Or have to play with 8 guys?

      • Gobias Industries - Apr 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM

        No more Gatorade or sunflower seeds for the rest of the game.

      • kellyb9 - Apr 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM

        The other team goes on a power play.

    • Charles Gates - Apr 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      No they don’t.

  11. chrisny3 - Apr 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Reyes went “absolutely bonkers” last night and Mets fans loved it. Whether or not it was over the top for that situation is irrelevant. He never ended up throwing a punch or spitting on or verbally abusing anyone so no harm done. And it might have sparked his teammates to rally twice in the later innings.

    As for the claim by Phillies Homer that the fans of all the 29 other teams hate Reyes, I wish he were right and I wish that hatred extended to their teams’ owners and GMs. Because that means the Mets will have an easy time resigning Reyes, which became a difficult task after the Red Sox overpaid for Crawford. Virtually all Mets fans want Reyes back. Badly. He is arguably the third best SS in baseball right now, with only Hanley and Tulo being better.

  12. The Baseball Idiot - Apr 28, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Neither replay showed that it wasn’t a correct call on Reyes or Figgins.

    Also, life isn’t lived slow motion.

    They might not have been great calls, but from what I see, no one can really argue with either one.

    • nps6724 - Apr 28, 2011 at 2:30 PM

      Your name is apropos.

      Both views of Reyes show his hand staying on the bag. Both views of Figgins sliding into home show the catcher missing the tag.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Apr 28, 2011 at 2:33 PM

        Not the replays linked here. None of them were conclusive either way, and until they are, you have to give the umpire the benefit of the doubt. If you have different clips, lets see them.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Apr 28, 2011 at 2:40 PM

        On the Figgins play, the announcer clearly asks whether or not he touched the plate. The replays do not show that he did.

        Whether or not the catcher made or missed the tag is irrelevant if he Figgins missed the plate. The rules clearly state that a player abandoning any attempt to get the bag he has to go to is automatically out.

        Figgins was too busy celebrating to worry about and was headed for the dugout. If he touched the plate, you have an argument. If he missed the plate, he’s out.

        Show me a clip where he touched the plate.

      • nps6724 - Apr 28, 2011 at 2:43 PM

        “Show me a clip where he touched the plate.”

        That would matter if the umpire didn’t call him out immediately upon the swipe tag. The umpire obviously wasn’t calling him out for not touching the plate or abandoning any attempt to do so. He called him out 1 second after Figgins got to his feet.

        You keep living up to your name so congrats.

      • nps6724 - Apr 28, 2011 at 2:49 PM

        “Not the replays linked here. None of them were conclusive either way, and until they are, you have to give the umpire the benefit of the doubt. If you have different clips, lets see them.”

        The Jose Reyes video linked at the top of the article:

        -At 18 seconds, his hand is on the bag and it never leaves. Both his hand and the bag are in full view.
        -At 43 seconds, you can’t ever see his hand leave the bag, though the angle isn’t ideal.
        -At 57 seconds, you see his hand come to a stop (until Hairston repeatedly hits his arm with his glove). If you refer back to the original shot at 18 seconds, this confirms his hand never left the bag.

        There’s not a single shot in that sequence that would even suggest he’s out.

        The Chone Figgins video linked in the comments by Ace at 9:09am:

        -At 32 seconds, you can see the catcher has missed the swipe tag as well as Figgins touching home plate; his hand is on the ground and obscuring the point of the plate.

        -At 39 seconds, you see another shot that further proves it; there’s a huge gap between the catcher’s glove and Figgins.

        -At 52 seconds, you see a shot from the opposite side that again proves the tag was never applied.

        Like above, there’s not a single shot in that sequence that would even suggest he’s out.

      • cur68 - Apr 28, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        And that, nps6724, is exactly what I saw too. Both guys safe and both umps just booting it.

  13. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 28, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    he was safe, the ump blew the call. we won the game anyway.
    i hate philthydelphians and Jimmy butter roll too..

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