Re: Postseason Scoreboard watching....
One of the worst umpiring calls I have ever seen occurred in a little league about 10-12 years ago. In the sixth inning (the final inning in little league) I was coaching third base with the bases loaded and with one out, our team down by a couple of runs. Our batter hit a pop up over the pitcher's mound. I yelled at our baserunner on third base to stay on the base. He did. The pitcher failed to catch the ball despite giving an all out effort (remember this was little league). When the ball hit the ground, with absolutely no call by the umpire, I yelled at our runner on third base to go home, since there was now a force out available at every base. He went home but was tagged out.
Only then did the umpire yell "infield fly rule. The batter is out. The runner coming from third is out. Game over."
I immediately grabbed my two sons and escorted them from the field before their father said something to the umpire I knew he might later regret.
The infield fly rule does not just come down to whether or not the ball could be caught with "ordinary effort." The rule says that if the infield fly rule is to be called it is to be called "immediately." That was what the umpire in that long ago little league game failed to do. That is also the failure that occurred in last night's Cards-Braves game.
In the little league game the infield fly rule should have been called. The untimeliness of the call was not "immaterial"-it was the very essence of why the call was wrong.
"Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."
Last edited by RedsBaron; 10-06-2012 at 11:14 AM.