Friday, October 15, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, October 15, 2021 -- "Checked Out"

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"The final moment of the Giants’ season was Wilmer Flores checking his swing on an 0-2 pitch, and first-base umpire Gabe Morales calling it a swing, a strike, and ballgame. Replays showed, to the extent you can ever be sure about these things, that Flores hadn’t gone far enough around to have been called out. This is unusual; most of the time, it looks like the player held up and replay shows that he went around. If you can find someone who looked at this replay and thinks Flores went, you’ve done better than I have. It’s not just that it was a bad call; it was a bad call that was hard to defend, made at a terrible time, that left even Dodger fans cringing a bit."