Unhappy Meals

I (Evander) earlier reported on what may have been the worst call of the season. The San Diego Padres scored a 1-0 win against the Seattle Mariners when home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi lost count of the count, and batter Cameron Maybin, who walked on only three balls (not the four needed to earn a walk), ultimately scored the only run of the game.

Last night, the longest game of the season (by time: going on seven hours!), nineteen innings in all, was won by home-team Atlanta, decided by one of the worst home-town calls (courtesy of home-plate umpire Jerry Meals) anyone outside of beer-league softball has ever witnessed. See for yourselves. Players, umpires, grounds crew, and fans may have wanted to be in bed by 2 a.m. But was this any way to end the longest game in the history of Turner Field? (Turner Field, incidentally, was constructed for the 1996 Olympics, opening for baseball-only a year later.) And would someone please give the Pirates a break (or a saliva test)? This is the first time the proud franchise of Pittsburgh may finish the season above .500 in something like eighteen teeth-gnashing summers.

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