VIDEO: Remembering When the Pirates Lost to the Braves on One of the Worst Calls in MLB History
By michael obermuller
Officiating plays a role in every sport, but for baseball, umpires have always been a huge part of the fabric of the game. They decide the strike zone, pass judgment on bang-bang plays, monitor the speed of the game and sometimes, make really, really bad calls.
Generally speaking, if a base-runner doesn't even think it's worth it to argue that he was safe, he wasn't. Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle might have actually exploded if his staff didn't restrain him, but home plate umpire Jerry Meals deserved every second of the tirade.
The catcher Michael McKenry clearly tags the Atlanta Braves base-runner a few feet in front of home. He was dead to rights, as the saying goes, but somehow Meals determined a tag was never made.
The hardest part about this one is the situation. Not only do the Pirates lose on this play, but they lost a 19-inning marathon on this play. What a waste of time and effort, but for Meals, maybe he just wanted to go home.
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