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Today is the 15th anniversary of the Eric Gregg game

Oct 12, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

High Heat Stats reminds us that today is the 15th anniversary of the greatest ump show in the history of ump shows.  The day which explains why, every year, Livan Hernandez leaves half of a bottle of cognac and three roses on Eric Gregg’s grave.

The box score.  And — though it sickens me to watch it — the video:

I assume Jim Joyce’s strike zone in yesterday’s Cardinals-Nats was as a tribute to it on the eve of this most solemn anniversary.

Never Forget.

  1. beefytrout - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM


    • jayscarpa - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Sums it up

  2. darthicarus - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    WOW, and I thought Verlander was getting some good calls with pitches last night. He likely would’ve had 27 K’s had he ever gotten Gregg behind the plate.

  3. moogro - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Wow, that’s buls**t.

  4. frenchysplatediscipline - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Still remember it like it was yesterday. The best (and it’s hard to see on the video link) was McGriff striking out to end the game and just standing there laughing.

    I, on the other hand, found no humor that day…

  5. realgone2 - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Don’t wish people were dead… who am I kidding. Good riddance.

  6. kiwicricket - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    That was the first season I started to watch baseball. I remember that game clearly, wondering if that was normal.

    On another note….
    Does anyone else get the 600lb Sumo Vs the 170lb MMA fighter in the bottom corner after the original clip? I just about died laughing at some of the commentary in that.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      You cannot even kill this guy with a samurai sword, he’s too big

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        why the hell would you go for a leg shoot on a guy over 600lbs? Did you want to grab his big toe?

      • kiwicricket - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        I don’t know the thought process, but the ‘Jaws’ comment was pretty funny.

  7. Gobias Industries - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    His strike zone isn’t half as bad as the quality of that video.

    • kkolchak - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      Yeah, I can see the reflection of the lamp and the couch, and wait…is that a couple doing the wild thang? 😀

  8. jrocknstuff - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Man Livan was on that day huh? wonder if he shared his world series MVP award with Gregg for helping him get there?

  9. natslady - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Wow, Livo looks so young… Yeah, that strike zone yesterday was strange, and got stranger as the game went on. Didn’t really favor either team. Holliday was laughing after his K (what else could he do?) but in the 9th Storen got jobbed on a clear strike that was called a ball.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      Unfortunately, it seems we need to lower our expectations. Hope that the plate umpire is consistently wrong for both teams.

  10. hisgirlgotburrelled - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Holy crap!… The Holliday at bat in the 8th has nothing on that.

  11. psousa1 - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    I remember that and it was unbelievable. All those umpires back then – Gregg, McSherry (both dead) and that dope Joe West (is still around) all thought the people were there to see them and didn’t give a sh!t if they got the call right or not. They were such unprofessional slobs and then those friggin idiots had the temerity to believe their ‘mass resignation’ would bring MLB to a grinding halt. Then when Selig happily accepted all the resignations some of them, like West, begged and groveled and got their job back others like Gregg and some of the other slobs never worked again and would show up on some pathetic piece of how they got screwed. Joyce was not quite there last nigh but was a reasonable facsimile

    • sirrealrainman - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Umps still think the people are there to see them (I can’t believe their union hasn’t yet demanded golden statues be erected in their likeness outside the stadiums…)

      Worse yet, they have no accountability – hence no motive for striving towards job excellence.

  12. Jeremy T - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Well at least he was consistent, right? Isn’t that the argument against robot umps?

  13. shaggylocks - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Wow. Painful. Although… could it perhaps be karma coming back and biting the Braves in the ass? That’s right, I’m looking at you, Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz.

  14. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    but…but…but…the Human Element. That’s like, tradition or something. A strike calling robot would have undermined the integrity of that game.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      Stole the words right out of my mouth

  15. Francisco (FC) - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Craig, let it go…

  16. Joe - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    It was all in the way CJ was framing the pitches that day.

  17. beavertonsteve - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Based on how far outside Gregg was calling strikes Hernandez could have thrown a ball behind the batters knees and gotten the strike calls on the inside too.

  18. vikesfansteve - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Take a look at the Indians Braves World Series for another prespective where the Braves got strikes called consistantly on balls 4 inches off the plate.

  19. silversun60 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Yet somehow Bud Selig probably thinks this is proof there is no need for expanded replay in MLB.

  20. jerryball22 - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I think the most amazing part of this is that Livan actually threw 55 balls (according to bRef boxscore)…how is that remotely possible?

  21. fandomnet - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    As a young Marlins fan at the time, I’ll never forget the excitement of that game. One of my greatest Fish memories.

    Worth pointing out: Eric Gregg was completely consistent in his strike zone that day. Maddux got all the same calls. People like to forget that.

  22. edelmanfanclub - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Yes it was an awful strike zone. But I always wonder how did Greg Maddux (whose control was so good he coulf probably kill a gnat on a wall with a baseball) not adjust and get outdueled by Livan? Memorable game..

  23. foreverchipper10 - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Hell, I could strike out a dozen MLB hitters with that strike zone.

  24. albertmn - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Well, based on the pitches in the video, his strike zone was consistent. It was just off about a foot to a foot and a half. That was pretty horrible, though.

  25. Old Gator - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Fifteen years. Hard to believe. I remember that game about as fondly as the Battle of Port Arthur. This was, of course, four years after the Indians screwed over the City of Homestead after letting them rebuild the hurricane-damaged stadium that was supposed to have been their spring training complex and bolted for central Florida. I savored every moment of watching them get screwed over, even as much as I appreciated the absurdity of Gregg’s umpiring bagatelle.

    The cold does funny things to your head.

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