If it is September 25th and the Reds are 25 games out are you even watching them or even caring enough if an umpire has a little bigger zone than the norm? I know I am likely not watching them, I probally an more tuned in to the NFL or if I am watching them if the zone is say a little wider on the corners, as long as the umpire is consistent why would I care??? Are you going to jump up and down and demand your money back because the zone is just a tad bit bigger than the norm? My point is no one cares except a handful of diehard fans still watching their team glued to the TV watching the Questec with an agenda that either their team is getting screwed or all umpires are evil divas.
"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard
That's why you don't see that happen at the major league level. It's never over till it's over, and there have been countless huge comebacks in MLB history. I would imagine that an MLB ump caught expanding the zone because a winning manager requested it, would be fired on the spot for such a breach of his duties.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
I should have done what my instincts told me to do several days ago, so it's now done. This thread is awful of example of the quality, civil discussion this site has always sought.