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Jake Peavy rips umpire Dana DeMuth, calls the game-ending play “a joke”

Oct 27, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT


You mad, bro?

Yeah, Jake Peavy is definitely mad about the game-ending obstruction call last night. Speaking to reporters in the clubhouse after the game, the Red Sox’ Game 3 starter was incredulous, calling home plate umpire Dana DeMuth’s ruling that Allen Craig would have scored cleanly from third base but for the obstruction of third baseman Will Middlebrooks “a crying shame” and “a joke” and asked how DeMuth was going to sleep last night:

“Two teams are pouring their hearts out on the field and that’s the call you make … It’s a joke. I don’t know how he (DeMuth) is going to lay his head down tonight … it’s just amazing to me that it would end on a call like that, that’s not black and white. I don’t know what else to say …”

Peavy went on, trying to make this out as some sort of pattern of incompetence on the part of DeMuth and claimed that the only people who could possibly be happy with the call were Cardinals fans:

…He (DeMuth) has already proven that he can not see things correctly in Game 1. (He missed) a pretty obvious (call) 4 feet in front of him … I hope he rests well tonight in his hotel room knowing what he did. That is a joke, an absolute joke. I’m sorry. Go to talk to him and ask him if he feels good and right about his call to end a World Series game on a diving play… it’s just beyond me … I don’t know how anybody can say, ‘Yeah, that’s how it should have ended.’ Go find me one person that’s OK with that call, other than Cardinals fans, because they won the game.”

Sorry, but Peavy is the one who is a joke after these comments. Based on the sentiment of everyone I spoke with at the ballpark last night, everyone weighing in on the call online and on television and, more importantly, based on the clear reading of the applicable rules and reviewing the pay on video over and over, DeMuth did make the right call. He should have slept perfectly well last night.

What’s more — to use Peavy’s construction of the notion — the only people who I can find saying that no, the game should not have ended on that play — the only ones not OK with that call — are Red Sox fans because they lost the game.

Should they be 100% satisfied? No. It is hard to take a game ending on a play like that. But not because it was wrong or controversial, only because it doesn’t jibe with what we usually expect in terms of game flow. No clean RBI base hit. No pitcher retiring a batter. No one pumping their fist and going out for high fives. There’s a weird dissonant feeling when games don’t end the way they usually do and thus Red Sox fans having a bad taste in their mouths is totally understandable. But there was no miscarriage of justice here.

I’d ask Peavy to put the shoe on the other foot and ask how anyone besides Red Sox fans would feel if the call were made differently. If DeMuth ruled that Allen Craig was out even though he was interfered with by the fielder. To be sure, that is the call Peavy is disputing: the judgment that Craig would have scored but for the collision at third. That was DeMuth’s judgment call (third base umpire Jim Joyce called interference, and Peavy isn’t disputing that with these comments).

If that were the case it’d be close to intolerable. Both because it would clearly have been wrong — a gimpy Craig almost scored cleanly as it was — but because there would have been no way to fix the call to anyone’s satisfaction. Are Joe Torre and Bud Selig going to overturn it the next morning and retroactively award Game 3 to the Cardinals? Hardly. For P.R. purposes having a World Series game decided from a hotel suite in Downtown St. Louis at 2AM Sunday morning would have created an uproar and Selig would never have had the guts to do it, even if it would be the only way to truly fix the error. No, they would have stopped short of that and we’d be left with a clearly blown call standing and, possibly, deciding the outcome of a World Series.

It was less than satisfying aesthetically, but justice was done here. Dana DeMuth’s call was not a “joke.” And by the light of day this morning, I would expect that Jake Peavy — the emotion of the moment having passed — will realize that he was out of line with his comments last night.

  1. mjd1972 - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Wow. This is the most unglued thing since the ’03 Cubs.

  2. chrisco716 - Oct 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    As close as the play was at the plate even after tripping over Middlebrook, Craig would have easily scored had Middlebrook not been in the way. Peavy should not criticize the ump for making the right call, Peavy ought to be criticizing his own catcher for making the risky, uneccessary, late and errant throw to third. Joyce is not to blame. Saltalmacchia is.

    • sailonoc - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      I agree that Craig would have easily scored, had Middlebrook not intentionally impeded his progress when he was on the ground as a result of another BAD play by
      Saltalmacchia. ( Raising one’s legs to a 90″ angle while stomach prone is not the way needed to stand up.) Saltalmacchia also made a terrible play in Game 2 when
      he tried to field a throw coming in considerably to his right while keeping his left foot on the plate. There was no force in effect. Field it like Joe Mauer does…catch the ball and dive for the runner as he approaches home plate. Sorry to say but Saltalmacchia’ poor defense contributed significantly to 2 BoSox looses.

  3. stevedurbano - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I’m sure the first words out of Demuth’s mouth to Farrell were “If you think I’m reversing this call you’re an idiot”.

  4. melodyc50 - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Jake should be more upset by the way he has been pitching of late. It was the correct call. Of course it’s not the way I’m sure either team wanted the game to end but it is what it is and it was the correct call. What got lost in all of this too is Craig was hurt on the play. I’m hope you’re doing well today Craig.

  5. jrod2go - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I’ve been looking around and I don’t see anyone in the Boston media complaining that it was a bad call. I do see them questioning Farrell’s game management though. That’s a good call for sure.

  6. twothousandman79 - Oct 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Farrell blew it for RSox in that game when he failed to do the double switch in the 8th with Workman and the catchers spot. Totally blew it.

  7. John Henson - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    As Major League Baseball players, you’d think they’d understand the rules a little better. Evidently, they think they should win regardless of the rules, or perhaps in spite of them.

  8. Ron - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Jake Peavy … It was the right call to make. The RedSox represent many good things in baseball, quit trying to turn them into a bunch of sore-loser WHINERS.

  9. stex52 - Oct 27, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Bush league comment, Jake. Calm down, issue a retraction, and move on. We all get emotional.

  10. djpostl - Oct 27, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Almost as big a joke as that 9.27 ERA Jake’s rocking in the post-season for his career lol.

  11. jollyjoker2 - Oct 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    it is a joke to end a game like that. Just like when you call check swings strikes or an overwide strike zone…you shouldn’t end a game with it.

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  13. gostlcards5 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Well said, Craig. The rule was applied correctly. That is why the umpire was there. And not only that, Jim Joyce made the call immediately. There was no review, huddle, anything, and he got the call RIGHT.

    Amazing…umps screw up, they get screamed at by fans. They do their job and get the call right, they get screamed at by fans. (and occasionally, yes, I have screamed at them in the past over blown calls….However, after umping little league games myself, I have a much greater appreciation for how difficult their job is, and how often the MLB guys really do get the calls right.)

    While I do agree that this call seems like a screwed-up way to win/lose a ball game, it was correct. As such, Peavy’s comments are low-class.

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