Saturday, May 10, 2014

Small Vic

Well we had one good moment, as Papi broke up the no-hitter with two outs in the 9th. We lose anyway, 8-0.

In the 7th, it had been a perfect game, when Papi popped one up to short right field. This poor sap named Odor, playing in his second game, was right there, but for some unknown reason, didn't catch the ball. Don thought the right fielder called him off, though I didn't see his mouth open. The official scorer thought (or pretended to think) the same thing, because he/she gave the right fielder an error.

In any other situation, despite the fact that the ball should have been caught, they would have just called it a hit because nobody got a glove on it. I'm still wondering why, in 2014, we still have these rules that are sometimes followed and sometimes aren't. How is it that the scorer can say, "well we won't call it like we normally do to keep the no-hitter alive"? In fact, who's in charge of these "official" scorers? Is it like the skywriters' code?

Anyway, at that point, Yu still deserved the no-hitter so it's not like I was mad we didn't get credit for a hit, I'm just wondering why they can score differently in certain situations. Of course, this has been going on for a long time. But I thought the revolution was being televised! And replayed. How about the guy scores a play, then somebody in New York watches him write it down, then tells him he did it wrong, and makes him change it?

Also, terrible job by Rangers fans, cheering wildly while that pop-up was in the air. Never cheer for something that hasn't happened yet! Made it all the more hilarious when that ball landed. Well, that and the name Odor.

Finally, nice job by those Red Sox fan kids shown in the crowd late in the game trying to jinx Darvish while everyone else cheered around them. I'll root for a no-hitter...if my guy's throwing it!

In the 9th, when Ortiz took a called strike on a pitch that was well outside, Remy said, as though it was the most natural thing in the world, when a pitcher is only a few outs (or one out) from a no-hitter, the strike zone gets very big. ... In other words, the officials CHANGE THE RULES TO HELP ONE TEAM HAVE AN EASIER TIME OF WINNING. And no one bats an eye. They all just nod and say, yup, that's how it's always been.
And he also added, "and the batter should know that!"

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