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MLB investigating threats made against Jerry Meals’ family

Jul 27, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

Meals blown call

Team president Frank Coonelly handled things about as well as possible after the Pirates lost in the 19th inning on Jerry Meals’ call at the plate last night, filing an official protest with MLB and issuing a statement saying “he made the wrong call” without ripping into the veteran umpire too much.

However, apparently not everyone in Pittsburgh is handling the situation so well.

Meals’ daughter told Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com that their family has been harassed and Nelson reports that MLB security is “investigating apparent threats made against the family” that include “calls made to the family and people showing up at the Meals’ home.”

  1. Brian Murphy - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Unfortunately inevitable, really. Sometimes, fans really, really suck.

    But it should be said that those aren’t true fans.

    • skids003 - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:37 AM

      True. His family should invite some of them to come over and put their money where their mouths are. Cowards that do things like this anonamously are just that, cowards.

  2. heyblueyoustink - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Silly James Harrison, always going above and beyond…

  3. Chris Fiorentino's Rash - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    I can’t believe that there is a Pirates fan that could get so upset about a middle of regular season game to go through the effort of looking up to call or physically go to a Meals’ family members house.

    And for the few out there that apparently are that big of a fan… WHAT THE F**K IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!

    Losers.

  4. Chris Fiorentino's Rash - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Do you mean Pennsylvania?

    • b7p19 - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      I wouldn’t talk bad about PA. Whatever state you’re from aparently produces people that name themselves after another persons rash…..

  5. Utley's Hair - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Every sports team of every sports league has ignorant fans. No one act by any one fan or faction of fans is a reflection on any team’s entire fanbase. As a whole, I’m sure “typical” fans of any team are good people.

    • Chris Fiorentino's Rash - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:55 PM

      But it is fair to say an action (not this one) is typical of a specific fan base.

      For example: Philly fans CAN BE whiny, booing, battery throwing bitches that throw up on little girls.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:05 PM

      I say one thing, and you proceed to try to refute me by repeating what I said, just without the negating words? Interesting, but um…no.

      But it is obvious that anonymous baseball blog posters can be petty enough to change their username solely to take petty shots at certain other posters that they don’t like.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:22 PM

      Much as I believe Phillies’ fans occupy a lower rung on the evolutionary ladder, I don’t believe for a moment that your average Phillies’ fan would resort to death threats.

    • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:27 PM

      I think it can honestly be said that fans of the Feesh don’t threaten umpires or the families of umpires. It may be because it’s too hot and humid in Macondo in July to go outside looking for a coin phone to make anonymous drunken threatening calls. It may be because with all the highway construction on the Dolphin, Shula and Palmetto expressways traffic is too congested for a driveby shooting. Or it may be because so few of them pay attention the games in the first place.

  6. foreverchipper10 - Jul 27, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    This is outrageous. No need to threaten anybody. I hope if this is true that people are held accountable for their actions. People need to leave this family alone so they can go back to being happy Meals’.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 27, 2011 at 6:16 PM

      Please tell me that you did NOT just go there… I am ashamed that I laughed at that.

  7. stairwayto7 - Jul 27, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    This ump NEEDS INVESTIGATED! Ray Charles could see he was out by 4 feet! Yet another screw job by a ump at homeplate going for the Braves vs the Pirates because everyone knows slow footed Sid Bream WAS OUT!!!!!!

    • George - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:39 PM

      You should give MLB security a call, I have a feeling they’re looking for you…

      • George - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:42 PM

        Edit function!

  8. tuftsb - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    “I don’t believe for a moment that your average Phillies’ fan would resort to death threats.”

    Yeah, they’d just kill the guy without saying anything.

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