Are you against instant replay? Well you are wrong.

I had a crappy day at work the other day and I made a mistake..

And someone corrected my mistake.

But nobody can correct umpire Tim Welke’s mistake today.

He called Jerry Hairston out at first on a grounder during today’s Dodgers/Rockies game.
First baseman Todd Helton was closer to second base than he was to first. He couldn’t have had his foot on the bag unless he was Mr. Fantastic, stretching out his leg.

It was a botched call.

Again, mistakes happen.

Welke isn’t perfect.

But why can’t this awful call be corrected?

Watch the clip.

About 2 seconds after the call was made, the announcers pointed out that Helton wasn’t near the bag.
Mattingly was out on the field about 5 or 6 seconds after the call was made.

Mattingly and Welke argue for a while.

Whatever Welke is saying in his defense is 100% correct.

No fault of Welke, he hasn’t seen the evidence of his mistake.


The TV cameras show this image.

Pretty subtle, isn’t it?

Now maybe Welke wasn’t in the right position to make the call.

Hey, as I said, we all make mistakes.

This image was beamed to TVs (and hand held tablet devices) less than 40 seconds after the call was blown.

Why can’t someone on the umpiring crew be in the TV booth? (Hey! An extra job and another member of the union!)

And he could call down and have someone with a tablet show Welke the mistake.

He would say “My bad!” and the game would have gone on. Nobody would have a beef and Hairston would be on first BECAUSE HE DESERVES TO BE!

What’s the argument against that?

It would slow the game down?

Mattingly continued to argue while the replay was happening.

So throw that argument in the dumpster. It is meaningless.

It would be good for the game?

How? How is blowing calls good? Especially in a game like this that ended on a walk off homer and that a call here or there could have affected the outcome of the game.

And think of Welke.

He made a mistake. Nobody’s fault. But instead of taking less than one minute to correct it (and it would be forgotten instantly) this bad call will be shown on TV and is already the topic of a Yahoo Sports article.

How is THAT good for baseball?

He made a mistake and no matter how much evidence you have to correct it, we can’t because… um… WHY? Someone tell me!

I seriously think Instant Replay opponents are the baseball equivalent of people who insist there were dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark. No amount of evidence or logical discussions could ever sway them.

Either way… Instant Replay Opponents… you are incorrect.

But I’ve said this before.

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What is it with folksy good ole boy managers and Pedro Martinez in Yankee Stadium?

I don’t think there is a Phillies fan alive who wouldn’t have taken 6 innings 2 runs by Pedro Martinez in his Game 2 outing. Especially with a completely rested bullpen to throw innings 7, 8 and 9.

So when Pedro came out to start the 7th, I was surprised.

This isn’t a second guess. I sat on my couch in South Pasadena and said “I can’t believe he’s staying in… take him out if he let’s up a batter.”

Do you know when I said that exact same sentence regarding Pedro Martinez in Yankee Stadium?

Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.

I remember when he came out to throw the 8th after an entire season of going 7 innings tops, I thought “Odd… they haven’t hit Williamson, Timlin nor Embree all series… take him out the second he lets up a hit.”

With 1 out Jeter doubled and I said “Take him out now!”

And we all know what happened.

Well tonight I said the same thing… and when Jerry Hairston Jr singled I said out loud “OK, go to the pen.”

And another gray haired good ole boy manager let him in a hitter too long.

The Yankees eventually scored that insurance run that gave the Yankees breathing room they would need.

Imagine the 2 runners on base in the 8th for the Phillies with only a 1 run deficit.

Imagine Ryan Howard coming to the plate representing the tying run… or Matt Stairs coming up with Ibanez at second as the tying run.

Well it is too late now…

The Phillies got the split in New York but on Halloween, the pressure falls back on the Phillies shoulders. They can’t fall behind 2-1 and face Sabathia.

I was going to declare this is the beginning of a great series… but 2006 began with a split. The Cardinals won game 1, the Tigers won game 2 and it looked like it might be a long series.

Nope done in 5.

Last year the Rays and the Phillies split and it looked like the series was going to go on for a while. It did, but that was because of the rain delays and suspended games!

But if the Yankees and Phillies exchange wins in Games 3 and 4… this might turn into a classic.

Just let’s hope Charlie Manuel squashes the Grady Little within.

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Jump Jerry. Jump.

It’s not often I write a cuddly post about the Yankees… so listen up.

Of course I didn’t like how Game 2 of the 2009 ALCS ended. The Angels are the best hope for Yankee haters who just don’t want to see a 27th title this year… and they suddenly emulated the 1962 Mets’ defense.

But if there was something to feel cuddly about, it was the fact that the game winning rally was sparked not by any of the big expensive stars. It wasn’t A-Rod, Teixeira, Jeter, Matsui, Posada or Damon.

It was Jerry Hairston, Jr. A role player who probably was almost left off the roster (I for one thought Eric Hinske was going to be among the active 25.)

He’s played 11+ seasons in the bigs… most of them nondescript for unmemorable teams.

He’s only remembered for being part of a great baseball family.

He is the son of former big leaguer Jerry Hairston, former White Sox pinch hitting wiz, the grandson of former Negro League star Sammy Hairston, the nephew of former Cub Johnny Hairston and his brother Scott Hairston plays for the A’s.

The only other reason he would be remembered for being traded to the Cubs for Sammy Sosa. People would bring that up to show how far Sosa’s stock had fallen… he was a Chicago icon who was dumped for Jerry Hairston Jr.

Well now he got the lead off hit and scored the winning run in one of the most memorable ALCS games of the decade.

And he did it as a Yankee.

And one thing the Yankees do well is honor their past heroes. No Old Timers Day is more thorough. They bring back ALL of their living post season heroes, from Whitey Ford to Ramiro Mendoza. And if their post season heroics are obscure, the MC will remind the crowd.

I remember seeing an Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium where they brought out Luis Arroyo and Brian Doyle and recapped their clutch play in the 1961 and 1978 World Series… and the crowd that may have forgot them gave them a huge ovation.

Guess what, Jerry. Stay fit. Live long. And don’t get too fat and look awkward in your Yankee uniform.

You will be given applause for Old Timer’s Day for the rest of your life.

And you can brag about that at the family barbecue for years to come.

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