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A Review Of A Wild Night

This is one of those nights where everything is oversized and ridiculous, and anybody who reads the following without having seen things first-hand will just think I'm practicing my hyperbole. Tonight, the pitch count totals are gross, the balls are traveling deep, and the strikeouts are high.

A sampling, before I describe the second -- yes, second -- reviewed home run of this series...

* Johan Santana lasted six innings... while throwing 120 pitches. He walked more tonight (6) than in his previous four starts this month. In fact, he walked four in one inning. Including Jordan Zimmerman, the opposing pitcher. And Cristian Guzman, who swings at any ball with seams. But just as often as Santana fought himself, he also carved up the Nats. Tonight, he had 11 strikeouts.

* In the fourth, with the Nats down 3-0, Adam Dunn hit his 16th home run. It traveled far enough to count for No. 17, too. Picture what you get when a future Hall of Famer's down-the-middle, once-a-season-mistake fastball meets the perfect cut of a 6-foot-6 guy who knows a home run pitch when he sees one. It reminded me of those helmets colliding in the old Monday Night Football intro. Dunn's blast roared toward right field, still soaring up as it crossed the fence, 378 feet away. The estimated distance: 465 feet.

* Jordan Zimmermann again labored, and was pulled after 5-plus innings. He struck out eight, but also had the typical first-inning troubles (32 pitches, two runs) and was let down by some defensive miscues in New York's one-run third.

Now, let's get to the bottom-of-the-sixth reviewed home run. At this point, the game was tied at 3. After Gary Sheffield led off against Zimmermann, Daniel Murphy cranked a ball toward the upper deck in right field. At some point, an apparent but slight ricochet brought the ball back onto the field. The umps needed a video review, though, to diagnose what caused that ricochet -- or if, rather, the ball (just barely) missed a ricochet and simply fell to the field without hitting anything. The complication stemmed, largely, from Citi Field's architecture. The way the ball was falling, it could have scraped one of two rectangular billboard advertisements. Or none.

The higher of those two (for Subway) was a part of the second deck, and hung over the field.

The lower of those two (for Modell's) was part of the natural right field wall.

After the ball deflected, Dunn, the right fielder, picked it up and fired a relay to second baseman Ronnie Belliard. A confused Sheffield, who had hesitated on the basepaths, was running home at full-speed. Belliard's throw to catcher Wil Nieves clipped Sheffield by a step -- the first out of the inning. Murphy stood on third.

Three umpires, including crew chief Larry Vanover, retreated to the review booth. After a five-minute delay, they reemerged on the field and signaled a home run. Sheffield's out transformed into a run. Murphy trotted home, with his fourth home run of the year -- certainly his longest by duration, if not by distance. The Mets had a 5-3 lead.

By Chico Harlan  |  May 27, 2009; 9:48 PM ET
 
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Look, that ump needs to be called out.

The Nats got jobbed the other night because the same ump made a bad call. As a result of the initial home run call, the staff needed irrefutable evidence to make the right call. And he made the initial home run call because he failed to get his butt down the line.

Now tonight, the same ump, now rotated to the first base side, again fails to get his butt down the line and make ANY call on that ball. And this is what jobs the Nats, because now they don't need irrefutable evidence. There's no call to overturn!

I don't know what replay they were looking at - I watched both the Nats and Mets feeds, and both announcing staffs thought there was no chance a HR call was coming - but it shouldn't matter. That ump jobbed the Nats twice in the same series.

I get Manny's stance on arguing. It doesn't work. And he's right. But I would've gotten thrown out tonight. And fined.

But I guess it all works out for Subway, huh?

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 27, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

And now a non-balk?

C'mon, Manny. It's not arguing, it's standing up for your guys.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 27, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

now a balk?
i'm discouraged.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | May 27, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

And did the Mets fans really just tell Debbie that teams deserve a gift "every now and then?"

They've gotten two THIS SERIES!

Argh. I need a beer.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 27, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

This stinks.

Posted by: BGinVA | May 27, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Charlie and Dave are getting bitter. They've been trashing Citifield and the umps and now really they are just short of calling out Manny for not arguing the questionable calls.

Posted by: sbiel2 | May 27, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Manny must have some seriously good chewing gum. His team got hosed for the second time in a single game, and he stares dumbly from the dugout.

There was nothing about Column-B's movement that should prompt a balk call.

Washington Nationals = doormat of baseball.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | May 27, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

The bad balk call leads to the intentional walk situation. And the hit drives in two, versus the one that would have scored had the balk not been called.

That's three runs lost to bad calls. Three runs unjustly ascribed to our pitchers.

I know it's not the difference. The questionable HR was a bad pitch. Zimmermann can't make that mistake. And Colome has to pitch through that bases loaded situation.

But this team is frustrating enough without all of this.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 27, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

man i love 5 dollar footlongs

Posted by: MannyActa | May 27, 2009 9:30 PM

Posted by: formerlylove1 | May 27, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else starting to think that umpires are making calls for other teams simply because they are playing the Nats and the Nats can't possibly be worth a call going their way? This stuff is getting ridiculous.

Posted by: heezy | May 27, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

It's just not Manny's demeanor or personality. He isn't going to get out there and start screaming and yelling and losing his mind, that's just not him.

He can't change himself, maybe the Nats need to change managers then.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 27, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry but I can't watch this crap any longer. It's like the Nationals are getting every bit of them beat up, almost like a big bully is beating up a little old lady.
But what I hate the most is the very poor job the umpires have done, on Monday MASN showed that the Sheffield homerun was not a home run. The umps refused to talk with media, but we can take there side as the tape they saw could of been inconclusive.

But for them to reverse themselves on tonight's homerun is wrong. It was about as inconclusive as Sheffields homerun. Great job by Debbie Taylor interviewing Mets fans under the sign that the ball hit and they didn't think it hit the sign.
Oh, anyone like the blow balk call against Colme in the 7th inning.

But the bottom line on all of this is that as a true Nats fans I am losing my patience in seeing what should be a much better team play like crap all the time.

Being in New York, I would be interested in seeing which team is worst, the '62 Mets or the '08/09 Nationals.

Posted by: Golfersal | May 27, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone else starting to think that umpires are making calls for other teams simply because they are playing the Nats and the Nats can't possibly be worth a call going their way? This stuff is getting ridiculous."

After the last three days, I think this is pretty obvious.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | May 27, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Ah...there's the double play. Leadoff walk...gone.

Posted by: BGinVA | May 27, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what would have happened if Dunn had positioned himself under the sign and caught the ball when it came down, like a real right fielder might have done.

Posted by: twinbrook | May 27, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Does Manny really want to get this job over with, is this some sort of job suicide. If there was any moment in Nats history that I loved was Frank Robinson coming out and getting the Umps to call a HR when they had not been the first call. Or the fight he got into in LA defending Gullen. There are two things I never would expect Manny to do EVER at anytime.

Posted by: CBinDC | May 27, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Two things:

1) The umpires totally misused the replay system with that decision. You're supposed to check to see if there is clear evidence to change a call; otherwise you keep it the way it is. You don't use it to make a better guess. If the only replay they had at their disposal is the one we saw, they can't possibly change the call. It wasn't conclusive.

By the way, the umps have to make someone available after tonight's game. They can't chicken out like they did after the first game.

2) If MLB is going to use instant replay and use it only to determine home runs, they need to install specific cameras to help with the calls. Stick one on each foul pole at the height of the top of the outfield fence and point it straight up. It would operate on the same principle as the view you get on field goals from under the uprights.

Then you mount a camera on the foul pole facing out along the top of the wall. That one could give you a view of whether a ball cleared the fence.

You would add other cameras as needed for the quirky spots in ballparks like the overhang in CitiField.

Without those cameras, it's all slightly advanced guesswork and as we've seen in this series, they can guess wrong. MLB makes enough money, they can afford it.

By the way, Ronnie Belliard has to go.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 27, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball
Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Commissioner
245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10167

Dear Mr. Selig:

I am writing to express my extreme displeasure at some of the umpiring calls which resulted from the use of Instant Replay during the Washington Nationals at New York Mets series May 25 through May 27, 2009. As a Nationals fan, it has already been a difficult season and the poor decisions by the umpiring in this particular series just made things worse.

On Monday, May 25, the Mets’ Gary Sheffield hit a fly ball to left field that was originally called a home run by the novice third-base umpire. The replays I saw on MASN clearly showed that, in addition to fan interference, the ball dropped and did not hit above the orange line on the wall. After the umpires reviewed the film, they stood by Adrian Johnson’s original call. I also watched MLB Network during this time, and all three anchors agreed that a home run was the wrong call and the umpires blew it. I also understand that the umpires only viewed the home team’s feed – I’m not sure if that is true or not, but if it is, that is absolutely ridiculous.

On Wednesday, May 27, it appears that the Nationals were again the victim of a bad call. Daniel Murphy hit a fly ball to right field that dropped onto the field near the wall and underneath an overhang and was ruled in play. However, after the “official” review, the call was changed to a home run. Both teams’ broadcasters did not expect it to be ruled a home run, and both networks sent their field reporters to the section closest to where the ball fell. These fans, the fans of the home Mets, all told the reporters that the ball fell in play, that they did not hear it any of the advertising panels, and that the Mets were given a “gift.” I have no idea how the umpires were able to determine that there was conclusive evidence to overturn the original ruling on the field.

I hope that MLB officials can review these calls, if they haven’t done so already, and recognize the mistakes that were made by the umpiring crew. While it’s obviously too late to change the outcome of either game, an apology would be appreciated.

As a side note, the quirky design of Citi Field did not help matters in either of these cases. I hope that future ballparks do not include such unnecessary features as seats right up against the top of the outfield walls, quirky corners, overhangs over the playing field, etc. These features do nothing for the game and make it potentially dangerous for outfielders trying to field balls.

I appreciate being allowed this opportunity to share my concerns.

Posted by: BGinVA | May 27, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Chico, I asked this earlier but can the Nats officially protest the game based on that call?

Posted by: baltova1 | May 27, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Well said, BG, well said.

Posted by: HotNats | May 27, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow BG, good letter!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | May 27, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Does ANYONE-other than the FANS-care? The Lerners had the chance to show the basebalk world that DC is a basebalk town ...which I sincerely believe it COULD be -provided we were given a reasonable facsimile of a team not designed for some Hollywood movie farce. Of course, in the movies there is a happy ending -the bad news bores become....you get the picture. The only happy ending here is ....I dunno!When? OK; I repeat my requests.Who are the family travelers(a la Dibs' remark.) WHERE ARE THE LERNERS? IN PUBLIC? WITH MEA CULPAS? This is the capital , fer cryin' out loud! Bud, can you here us? Ah jeez, what's the use? Go Nats...sigh...

Posted by: zendo | May 27, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks all. I guess I just got fired up enough that I had to vent :) I'm fixing a couple of minor errors and I'll send it out tomorrow. I doubt it will do any good, but we'll see. I'll keep you all posted if I recieve any kind of response.

Posted by: BGinVA | May 27, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

That farce will star either Paul Rudd or Owen Wilson, apparently.

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provided we were given a reasonable facsimile of a team not designed for some Hollywood movie farce

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 27, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Heart Attack Hanrahan! Glad he pulled it together!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | May 27, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

BGinVA Great letter

Posted by: CBinDC | May 27, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Could Manny be gone with the off day tomorrow? Mike Rizzo is at Citi Field tonight, and he can't be too happy with what he saw (or what he didn't see, i.e., a fired-up Manny).

Posted by: BGinVA | May 27, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I was kinda interested by the replay MASN showed tonight -- the one that suggests Bard was safe at the plate last night. I was disappointed that they sent him on Stammen's hit, as I assumed he'd be out by at least a couple of steps. It seems he made a great slide to get past the tag and back in there. Too bad the ump missed it.

The blown call on Monday was really disappointing because the replay seemed so convincing. However, there's an excellent chance it didn't decide the game. If it's a double, the next batter is David Wright. Maybe he wins the game instead.

Tonight's call is disappointing because the ump did such a bad job initially. Dibble thinks the ball hit the Subway sign. So do I. Either way, the Mets win tonight's game...

Posted by: fischy | May 27, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

...And oh, btw...has Dibs sorta cooled his jets a bit since his early outbursts? Think someone pulled him aside? Altho, even in this tough job market, maybe Dibs doesn't fancy having to watch this wretched excuse of a team/organization night in and night out for even one more game! Even though it's fair to say us idjits will still be here.....Go Nats......whimper....

Posted by: zendo | May 27, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

What is it gonna take for the last few holdouts from Actaland to realize that this sleepwalker is never gonna get it together? There is simply no reason to think that he can turn it around. This is the third year. The coaches and players have turned over, new park, new everything, the constant to the laughable losing is Manny. He has just not shown the skills or the passion to manage. Do you think the club is OK with this? Sure, they like him, but do they respect the guy at all? I think every day it gets less and less. He's dead man walking.

He simply does not hate losing enough to be in this job. He needs to go.

Posted by: dfh123 | May 27, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Bob Carpenter is the epitome of mediocre. K-Rod throws one to Zim who takes it for a strike and Carpenter says, "Zim has seen nothing but sliders away during this series." The radar gun flashes 93. Good work, Bob.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 27, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm just shaking my head. This is pretty astounding. I better be able to laugh about this over a beer one day, dammit.

Posted by: Section506 | May 27, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Amen, 506. Amen.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 27, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes I console myself by thinking, "this is historic baseball," and by imagining telling stories in 20 years about how I watched, listened to, or attended most of the games of the incomparable 2009 Nats. And then I snap out of it and cheer up. We still get some fun moments, and it can only get better.

Posted by: dcbatgirl | May 27, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I spend my nights working for 911-some pretty sad stuff. Off only 2 nights per week, and I spend it on this sorry lackadaisical bunch...I can't wait to get back to work. Sadder still that our announcers, journos and NJ'ers appear to care more about this franchise than the folks in a position to do something about it. Go..Go..awe heck, go To!.....Go Nats..

Posted by: zendo | May 27, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Can someone 'splain to me how that ball hit a sign overhanging the field, and then bounced -forward- to the outfield wall?

I would have expected the normal laws of physics to apply here (equal and opposite reaction, and all that).

Posted by: joebleux | May 27, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

No use joebleux - common sense has no place in baseball.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 27, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

IF we ever do win with any consistency, it's really gonna be sweet. But Manny, even if you have no chance of winning an argument, you have just got to go out to defend the guys, show some backbone, intestinal fortitude, something, my god man. To sit with that glazed look in your eyes is just making me sick.

Posted by: cokedispatch | May 27, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I think maybe it is possible it hit the sign and then had backspin on it causing it to bounce the way it did. BUT that was CLEARLY inconclusive and never should have been overturned.

Posted by: amorris525 | May 27, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

"Sometimes I console myself by thinking, "this is historic baseball," and by imagining telling stories in 20 years about how I watched, listened to, or attended most of the games of the incomparable 2009 Nats."
____________________

Yeah, I'm sure that during the 1924 World Series, Senators fans were thinking of the abysmal 1904 team that went 38-113 and was 23.5 games behind seventh-place Detroit. All I hope is that Washington can at least experience an honest-to-goodness pennant race by 2029 -- something this town hasn't seen, the hanging-on-gamely 2005 wild-card race notwithstanding, since 1945.

To be a Washington baseball fan is like being that jinx character in "l'il Abnere," the one with the thundercloud perpetually hanging over his head.

Posted by: VPaterno | May 27, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Bob Carpenter is the epitome of mediocre. K-Rod throws one to Zim who takes it for a strike and Carpenter says, "Zim has seen nothing but sliders away during this series." The radar gun flashes 93. Good work, Bob.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 27, 2009 10:35 PM |
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This is a prime example of how easy it is to bash others on the internet. Doesn't mean it's fair.

The reality is that, on a number of occasions the announcers spoke to how poor the vantage point is from the press box. On one pitch by Zimmermann which was called "ball 4", Dibble exclaimed: "Where was that pitch?" Dibble quickly answered his own question, saying "it must've been low."

Then, MASN showed the replay and DIbble noted the pitch "was high". Indeed, it was up, out of the zone.

The fact that he thought it might have been low, when he saw it live should disabuse you of any notion that the announcers have a good enough view to tell you anything meaningful about a pitch before they've seen the replay.

Lay off Carpenter. He was trying.

Posted by: fischy | May 27, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

fischy, if you can't tell the difference between a 93 mph fastball and a 86 mph slider, no matter where you're sitting, you've got a problem as an announcer. Especially one who's been doing this for years.

Posted by: baltova1 | May 27, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Yup, it's firing time. I saw Manny being interviewed on MASN after the game, arguing that the "Subway smash" couldn't have been a home run because of the way the ball bounced. Which is a reasonable argument to make. DURING THE GAME!! Instead, nothing. Acta doesn't even come out when one of his players takes it upon himself to argue the call. Ridiculous. The team can't field, the bullpen is a mess, they're squandering leads, the manager is sleep walking. Time for a change. Tomorrow being an off day seems like a fine opportunity for it.

Posted by: mvm2 | May 27, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chico, you actually talk to Acta. How bout gettin some stones and asking him a real question. Like how come he never comes out and supports his players or argues a call.
If he goes nuts on Monday about the first blown call I guarantee you the lousy umps woulda thought twice about the call they were making tonihgt. Adam Dunn was left out on an island. Where the freak is acta.
And for that matter, where the freak is Chico??~~

Posted by: dovelevine | May 27, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

If memory serves, K-Rod's slider often comes in hotter than 86...

Posted by: fischy | May 27, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Face it guys, they're not going to fire Manny during the season no matter how many games they lose. If they were going to fire him for losing they'd have done it already. This season is not about winning as many games as possible, it's about finding the right guys to win in the future. The manager is the last of those right guys that need to be found. The choice of Manny or someone else as next year's manager won't be made until after the season.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 27, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

lacking from the nationals....stones...adam dunn showed glimpses tonight, but there is a lack of balls on this team, the bullpen are scared of their own shadows, manny wouldnt come out of the dugout if it was on fire and it takes the front office 2 months to make moves so obvious paris hilton is questioning their judgement...say what you will about jimbo, the man had a set on him

Posted by: formerlylove1 | May 27, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Who says they have to fire Manny and immediately hire next year's manager?

Just bring in some fresh blood.

Posted by: Uncle_Teddy | May 27, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Dibble even called out the team for having family on the road. And not being focused enough on the job at hand. We get more news and real insight from Dibble than from Harlen and the rest of the WAPO cheerleaders. All praise Dibble.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 27, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

A question--is the overhang at Citifield treated the same way as a light or other fixture in a dome? What's the rule, for example, if a ball hits the roof of the Metrodome and comes back into the field of play? Isn't the ball treated as if its in play?

I'm not sure of the answer, but if anyone has some insight it would be appreciated. It seems to me that any ball that hits the overhang, being in fair territory, should be in play.

Posted by: jfromPG | May 27, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

dibble is the mayor of nats town

Posted by: formerlylove1 | May 27, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Forget Jimbo and his set... Say what you will about Milledge, but he had the swagger that a winning team needs.

Elijah Dukes has the swag also, it will be a great day when he returns to the lineup.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | May 27, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

amorris: yeah, I think you're right about the sign imparting backspin (and that it was clearly inconclusive).

Posted by: joebleux | May 27, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

"A question--is the overhang at Citifield treated the same way as a light or other fixture in a dome?"

There are surely specific ground rules for it, just like there are in domes. Remember the playoffs last year when they made a big deal on TV of saying which catwalks in the Trop would be HRs if hit and which would be balls in play? They have to have a similar set of rules for every oddity in the Citi Field OF. One of the things the managers and umps go over during the exchange of lineups before the game is supposed to be the ground rules of the ballpark they're playing in.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 27, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

...but wouldn't backspin cause the ball to bouce back towards the field of play?

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | May 27, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

I have stated before that I thought Manny should be at least given until the all-star break to turn this thing around.

However, after this series and they way we got boned on two HR calls, a play at the plate and a balk that wasn't a balk and Manny did nothing, absolutely nothing, I say he needs to go, right now.

I couldn't believe he didn't come out and argue the HR call tonight. And when they called the balk on Colome, I thought he will come out and argue but....nothing.

Both times he just stood there in the dugout like a corpse and had no expression whatsoever. Flat out unbelieveable.

Where is your pride Manny? Show some F'ing fight and get out there and argue for your players, for the love of God.

The umps won't respect you if just stand there and take it. Geez.

13-33. It is time to make a change.


Posted by: Section505203 | May 27, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

"they're not going to fire Manny during the season no matter how many games they lose." Really? You really think if the Nats went, say, 13-60 they wouldn't fire Acta? Or, are you saying it's just a long fuse? I agree with the latter, but I also think between the last home stand and this pathetic stint in NY, that fuse is about gone. You're seeing the players starting to mutiny (Dunn's challenging the play when Acta wouldn't, Nick Johnson talking openly about being traded). They can't afford to be a laughing stock when they're negotiating with Strasburg. I really think they're going to make a change tomorrow.

"Say what you will about Milledge, but he had the swagger that a winning team needs." Um, no he didn't.

Posted by: mvm2 | May 27, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

...but wouldn't backspin cause the ball to bouce back towards the field of play?

Not the way I'm imagining it, but who the heck knows.

Posted by: amorris525 | May 27, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

everyone has their opinion on the matter, but I see no proof that the ball left the yard. The ball clearly was not a home run, was not originally called a home run, and could not have been called otherwise without a bit of incompetence on the umps part.

Inconclusive proof... what a farce.

Posted by: johnny_blaze | May 27, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

The rule has been pointed out: The umps are only supposed to reverse the call if there is conclusive evidence on the replays. Obviously, to all who saw it (even those interviewed at Citi Field), the visual and video evidence was inconclusive. I watched on MLB-TV, and Mets analyst Ron Darling said he didn't think it was a homer; none of the fans above the Subway sign interviwed by the Mets in-the-stands guy Kevin Burkhardt thought it hit the sign and no fans heard it hit the sign. How more inconclusive could it be?

Still, the Nats probably would have lost anyway. They couldn't catch a pop-up, cover first on a bunt, turn a double play or get a clutch hit. The bullpen did its usual lousy job. You can't win playing that way.

I may be off a bit, but haven't our guys lost 15 of 18 now? This is brutal. I didn't expect to beat Santana, but he was vulnerable, and the Nats didn't capitalize.

The long reviews on the disputed homers are a disgrace. It helped knock NN out of the game, no matter which way the call went. I agree that, if the reviews are to continue, MLB needs to install foul-line and perhaps other cameras, if the goal really is the get the calls right.

Posted by: nats24 | May 28, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Hey Harlen, how about writing in your story that on neither Monday night nor Wednesday night did Nats manager Manny Acta come out of the dugout to argue the umpires decision or reversal. Not once. Don't you think that's an important piece of information for your readers???!!!

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

And again, in your story, Acta says he thinks the home run reversal call was wrong but you never ask him why he didn't come out to say one word to the umpire. Seems like a logical question.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 28, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

http://www.nowgoal.com/22.shtml

Posted by: suesue8709 | May 28, 2009 5:26 AM | Report abuse

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