Syfo-Dyas wrote:You just don't get it.
The ump called it as he saw it. He screwed up. Period. It happens, and had nothing to do with Lawrie taking off on a previous pitch.
And it's an idiotic assumption the he called that pitch a strike because he was showing up.
No, it's was quite obvious to anyone watching the game that he called the 3-1 pitch a strike (late) because Lawrie had taken the liberty to call it a ball himself and head toward first base. I'm sure Lawrie will learn from this not to do that in the future, but it was obvious that's what occurred.
It was even more obvious that the 3-2 pitch was called a strike because of how Lawrie acted after the 3-1 pitch (ball) was called a strike.
It's not even really debatable that in this specific situation, the umpire was upset and that being upset influenced his calls.
It is very much debatable since nobody can prove anything.
I watched the video and the ump didnt seem upset, and actually he sais something to the pitcher, when Lawrie walks by, after the 3-1 pitch.
Actually that 3-1 pitch wasnt that bad at all, and Ive seen that called a strike many times, since the umpire almost never has a clear view of the outside of the zone.
Ive seen worse.
And Ive seen many batters takin off when they thought it was ball 4, and pitchers and catchers starting towards the dugout when they thought it was strike 3, without thinking getting effd on the next pitch.
I agree on that if a player makes an umpire upset, calls not gonna go his way. Every borderline pitch will be a strike, (or ball if its the catcher or the pitcher), and on every close play on the bases he will be out.
But you dont do it when everyone in the whole world can tell that its retribution.
So in this case, it was such a bad call that retribution is not the most probable explanation IMO.
Its like the case when Helton was couple of feet off 1st base, yet the batter-runner was called out. Too obvious to be retribution. And nobody considered that as a retribution.
One of the first things taught to umpires that don't call too high and too low pitches strikes cause everyone can see your mistake!
Don't call inside balls strike cause the batter has a very clear view of that, and he'll be very mad at you.
But you can expand the zone on the outside. The batters have a worse view of the outside pitch than the ump, so they can't tell anything for sure on a close pitch.
In this case the 3-2 pitch was clearly so high and outside, that the whole stadium could see it.
So theres no indication that the 3-2 pitch was a FU call other than Lawrie took off on the previous pitch?
And thats why its obvious?