Umpire Jerry Meals Loses Game For Yankees
In an AL East Divisional match-up between the New York Yankees, and Baltimore Orioles, umpire Jerry Meals costs the Yankees a chance at a victory. With one out in the top of the ninth inning, and the Orioles leading 5-4 in a crucial divisional game between the two teams, umpire Jerry Meals absolutely blew a game-ending call, costing the Yankees the tying run, and their one-game lead in the AL East. Mark Teixiera stepped to the plate with one out, and runners on the corners, and hit a hard ground ball to first base. On an injured calf, Teixiera hustled down the line and dove into first, expecting to avoid the game-ending out… Jerry Meals didn’t see it that way apparently.
Here is a snapshot courtesy of SI’s Jimmy Traina:
According to the ump, Mark Teixiera was out on this play.twitpic.com/aslv7k
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) September 9, 2012
As you can see Mark Teixeira is clearly safe in this photo. However, first base umpire Jerry Meals doesn’t agree with you, or me. Teixeira was called out, resulting in a game ending double play. Calls like these can’t be made in a series that could eventually decide first place in the American League East. Especially when these teams were a game apart before the game began. It’s just that simple.
Bud Selig clearly needs to realize that baseball needs a full instant replay system, and not just on foul ball home runs. If they could install a system similar to the NFL, then that would be great. Three challenges a game, and umpires will need to go to the booth during the 9th on any questionable calls.
Meals blew this call last season in a game between the Pirates and Braves.