Photo Courtesy of Barstool Sports NYNow normally plays on pickoff attempts are blown because the umpire is out of position on a call, usually behind the play, thus allowing himself no clear view of the tag being made or the hands being on the base. Last night that was not the case, as the ump at 2nd was in perfect position and had absolutely nothing blocking his view of both the tag and the hands other than his own stupidity. Clearly a major fuck-up that deserves 4 out of 5 on the scale of 1-to-"You Gotta Be Fucking Kidding Me."
2) Top 4th- Nick Swisher called out at home for the final out of the inning after being ruled he left 3rd base before Torii Hunter made the catch in center field despite replays showing him being more on the base than previously thought possible.
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This was the worst kind of bad call, an obvious make-up call by Tim McClelland to cover for his buddy at 2nd base. Typically make-up calls are more common in the NBA and NFL, but because they are so rare in baseball they are almost always important because they pop up in situations where runs either get put on or taken off the board.
Now Timmy was remorseful after the game saying that he "believed in his heart" that Swisher left 3rd base early. I respect the guy for facing the music after the game and explaining his logic, that's what he should do. But when you're reasoning for making the call was you "believed in your heart" that somebody did something, I have to call bull- and horseshit. This isn't Disney World, dude; nobody's asking you wish upon a shooting star or click your heels together 3 times; this is Major League Baseball umpiring, a job that heart should never ever factor into. Fuck your heart!!! Use your fucking eyes!!! Nick Swisher is standing 5 feet from you, clearly on 3rd base. You've got 19 other umpires on your staff watching for the catch, which everybody and their mother knew Hunter was going to make, so take a fucking glance at Swish leaving 3rd before you decide to blindly call him out.
I would have a little more respect for McClelland if he would have just said "I believed in my heart and my eyes that Nick Swisher was out at second base earlier in the inning, so I decided to give that out back to the Angels and not allow the Yankees to score a run that they rightfully should not have if the 2nd base umpire made the correct call." Don't give us this shit about hearts and dreams and fairies and rainbows, fess up to what you did and don't insult our intelligence.
A solid 5 out of 5 on the 1-to-"You Gotta Be Fucking Kidding Me" scale.
3) Top 5th- McClelland rules Robinson Cano safe and Jorge Posada out at 3rd on another play that took place within pissing distance of him even though the live play and subsequent replays showed Cano and Posada were clearly off the base when tagged by Angels' catcher Mike Napoli.