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The Decider

Here is some reporting on what I thought was the single most important play of the game, and thus the series, and thus the season. From the Hartford Courant:
J.D. Drew felt cheated. Batting with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning of a 3-1 game, Drew believed he had checked his swing on a 1-and-2 pitch from rookie David Price. But plate umpire Brian Gorman, without asking for help, said Drew did not hold up the swing and called him out, ending the Red Sox's last best chance to tie or take the lead. "I saw the ball pretty well," Drew said. "I didn't think I went around. That being said, it felt like the bat was taken away from me. I felt like a had a good chance in that at-bat. He got ahead of me quick, but if I check my swing, ask the third base umpire. The home plate umpire calls balls and strikes. Let the other guy make up his mind. That's the only thing that hurt me."
From the Boston Globe:

"I don't think I went around," Drew said. "I think that at-bat was kind of taken away from me. If I check my swing, ask the third-base umpire. Worry about balls and strikes and let the third-base umpire do his job. That's the only thing that hurt me. I thought that I held up." But third-base umpire Tim McClelland was not consulted, and the teams were on to the bottom of the inning. That was when, finally, Jon Lester was removed (quietly) from the game in which he'd done just enough to lose.
This was criminal negligence. Gorman did not do his job by not checking with McClelland.


Stephen said…
brian gorman is a bush league umpire. mclelland, who replaced the injured cousins in game 6, was supposed to be game 7 umpire, but couldn't umpire twice in a row for obvious reasons. whatever the case, i was shocked at the readiness of gorman to ring up drew in that situation. it seemed abnormal, as far as i'm concerned,as the HP umpire usually only calls swings when the batter is taken obviously off balance trying to hold up, which wasn't the case for drew. if you want an example of an umpire fucking up and skewing the game, that was it - taking the bat out of his hands with 1-2 2 outs and bases loaded. let the 3B umpire do his god damn job. i mean, the next inning, he let the 1B umpire evaluate jason bay's checked swing, which was more of a swing than drew's, and he didn't get the strike. BAH. don't even get me started about how inconsistent gorman was on balls and strikes, too. that's a whole 'nother matter altogether.

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