Friday, October 9, 2009

you know it's bad when i wake up still angry.

yes, i am aware that the Sox weren't going to win the game anyway, since you have to score actual runs for that to even be a consideration. something the Sox offense apparently forgot how to do in Game One of the ALDS. (something we will remedy for Game Two, *right* boys?? ::pointed look::) but separate & apart from the glaring lack of offensive production, i have an additional beef with that game.

since when does an umpire TWICE voted the worst in MLB get the post-season nod?! i thought the best of the best were selected?! and instead we get C.B. Bucknor at first base, where he manages to make such an astoundingly bad call that it's a small miracle *i* didn't ejected from the game after all the screaming i did at him. seriously. never mind the two questionable close calls that replays show he may also have missed (lest you think i am being biased & whiny, one of those said close calls went against the Angels) but Howie Kendrick was out at first by a full stride when he was called safe. i am not sure where he was looking but it could not have been at the play three feet in front of him.

now, i'm not going to go all Brian Fuentes & suggest that the umpires were intimidated by Thundersticks & Rally Monkeys or that they threw the game to appease the Angels. i am fully aware that the Sox lost that game on their own merit. what i *am* saying is that Angels fans should be equally concerned by thisthat next jaw-droppingly awful call could be against them. i just can't help but to wonder at what crucial, game-altering juncture the next blunder will occur, one that actually *does* affect the outcome of the game and/or series?

umpires are human & certainly they may make errors, but multiple bad calls by one umpire in a single game? an umpire notorious for his lack of skill? why is he even working a game after the regular season has concluded, if he still has a job at all?

i am fuming. i was hoping i would wake to the news that Bucknor had been tossed in a foot locker & strapped to that projectile being launched at the moon this morning before he can do some real damage to the ALDS. no such luck. oh well. i guess there's always post-season Beckett to rely on. provided the umpiring doesn't play a detrimental role.

6 with their own thoughts:

Jane Ellen+ Friday, October 09, 2009 8:51:00 AM  

Being a lifelong Cubs fan (pause for wistful sigh here), I have no dog in this fight-- other than fundamental convictions about how baseball OUGHT to be played, and called.

And you're right-- Bucknor had no business working the game, and he proved it. That was appalling.

Keri Friday, October 09, 2009 10:01:00 AM  

*giggle*

B - R - E - A - T - H - E

KekeLynn Friday, October 09, 2009 10:29:00 AM  

I try not to get too involved in sports for exactly this reason! It is sooo frustrated when your team has problems... hope things turn around for your team!

~**Dawn**~ Friday, October 09, 2009 10:39:00 AM  

Jane Ellen: That is it, exactly. Even if all three calls went in the Sox favor, I would still be livid that this guy is umpiring in MLB games, never mind the post season.

Keri: ARG! LOL!

KekeLynn: Believe it or not, in this case my team didn't even get affected by this in the long run. I am just angry that it happened at all, to any team!

Nichole M Friday, October 09, 2009 10:55:00 AM  

I completely agree. Thanks to sweet kick-ass screens they installed at Angels Stadium recently, I was able to see ALL the bad calls. Even the seemingly 2 square inch strike zone and the HUGE strike zone for Lackey. I had half a mind to go out there and pull that stunt the minor league manager did: cover up home plate with dirt and draw a BIG ASS one in the dirt with my finger.

Really? REALLY? The *whole* umpire team had better get it right today.

~**Dawn**~ Friday, October 09, 2009 11:08:00 AM  

Nichole: This crew of six, minus two guys, qualify as the MLB Umpire Hall of Shame. (We should have subbed in Laz Diaz & Angel Hernandez for the two decent ones, just for the sake of consistency in SOMETHING!) Joe West (last night's home plate ump) is known for his magical morphing K-zone. CB Bucknor's is the same way, on top of the fact that he cannot make a call in the field to save him life. Gibson has been accused of favoring the Sox (nice & all but how about just calling the game neutrally huh?) & Gorman has been accused of favoring anyone the Sox play (he has history with the Sox from the 2007 post-season). That leaves Cooper & Iassogna as the only two level-headed umpires in this series. I'm sure that means they will spend their time banished to manning the foul poles in the outfield. I *am* laughing at the mental image of you going out there & drawing a BIG ASS home plate in the dirt though!

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