Game MVP: Umpire Ted Barrett
Before Sox Fans rant too much about the outcome of this game, can we all
agree any type of timely hitting by our Pale Hose would have made the point of
poor ball and strike calls moot? Nothing is worse than deserving to lose
and knowing the other team was getting some help, too. A miserable 2-0
defeat to the dolts along the Cuyahoga.
One mistake. Just a tiny mistake. One big, fat,
all-the-difference-in-the-world mistake served to Juan Gonzalez in the second
inning on a 3-2 pitch crushed onto the concourse in left field. That was
the game. Mark Buehrle fought all night and was nothing but the
loser for the effort.
Don't fault Carlos Lee. Our #3 hitter had three hits while the
rest of our team collected one. Magglio Ordonez was 0 for 3, Jose
Canseco was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and Paul Konerko was 1
for 3, failing to reach base until the ninth. His silly throwing error
in the eighth led to an unearned run, too. Was that where the game was
Wasted scoring opportunities: Canseco's strikeout looking to end the
sixth inning, Royce Clayton strikeout looking to end the seventh with
the tying run on second base, and of course the fateful ninth inning for Jose
Valentin and Jeff Liefer.
Which brings us to homeplate umpire Ted Barrett. In a well-called
game the umpires fade into the woodwork. You don't even know they are
there. Instead, Barrett made himself the center of events in the fateful
ninth. The called third strike on Valentin was clearly outside the
plate. He was rightfully upset given the game situation and the
importance of the at-bat.
He threw his equipment; kick him out. The rules specify this.
He also argued balls and strikes; kick him out. The rules specify
this. Instead Ted Barrett chose to mete out his own rough
justice--rulebook be damned!
In Ted Barrett's world, revenge is sweeter. So instead of applying
the rulebook, he took the bat right out of Jeff Liefer's hands.
He pays the price for Barrett's trick. Three called strikes each more
ridiculous than the one before it brought a quick finish to this game.
Cleveland hardly needed the help.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
6.1 innings of 4-hit ball, striking out five against two walks, made
one mistake pitch and became the loser because of it. That's
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