Finally, Sweet Closure: Embattled Umpire Jerry Meals Says, “I Was Incorrect”
Remotely in the neighborhood of caring about baseball? Good, then you know about the (possibly) blown call at the end of a 19-inning Pirates-Braves game. You also know that everyone who remotely cared had not just any opinion on the matter, but a strong opinion (the majority of those being in the "the ump blew it" camp). Inevitably, Major League Baseball itself weighed in on the firestorm, its opinion being that umpire Jerry Meals done goofed.
But what of Meals himself? He weighed in not long after the game, and raised the possibility he made the wrong call. But earlier this evening, he came in with a more definitive account. His position: yeah, he thought Jerry Meals done goofed too:
"After seeing a few of them, on one particular replay I was able to see that Lugo’s pant leg moved ever so slightly when the swipe tag was attempted by McKenry," Meals said to three assembled reporters. "And that’s telling me I was incorrect in my decision, and he should have been ruled out and not safe."
Me, I was personally in the Rob Neyer camp in that the many, many replays and still shots I saw never, in my mind, produced irrefutable evidence that a tag was applied. But Meals coming out and saying even he thinks he was wrong makes me rethink that position...and feel bad for the Pirates. Losing a 19-inning game is always crushing. Losing a 19-inning game when you're in the thick of a playoff race for the first time in almost two decades, and having it happen on a blown call? That's downright...Pittsburgh Pirate-y.
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