Last night at Orioles Park at Camden Yards, as the 2nd place Baltimore Orioles played the 1st place New York Yankees, the baseball world witnessed an unbelievable event that had never happened before in the 164 year history of the game. The New York Yankees were involved in a blown call… that went against them. The unfortunate play happened as the Orioles attempted to turn a double play and Mark Teixeira was called out diving into first base to end the game. Again, the historic part of this wasn’t the outcome of the game or the play itself, but rather the wrong call was made and that it went against the Yankees. After scouring over hundreds of years of baseball data and research, it’s been discovered that in baseball’s long history such a instance had never occurred; but also that this was truly the last thing to have never before happened in all of baseball. So for history buffs, baseball historians or anyone else who appreciates the rarest things in life, enjoy this moment that has never and quite possibly never will happen again.
Here is a screen shot of the historical play:
(Editors Note: Some of the quotes may or may not be 100% true)

Reaction To The Call

Inside the visiting locker room at Camden Yards, the tension was high and the mood was sour after a brutal loss that never should have been. Players were jumping at the chance to blast 1B umpire Jerry Meals blown call that decided the game and ended their unblemished history of calls not going against them.

Mark Teixeira

“Sometimes you wonder if the umpires are just trying to get out of there,” “They don’t want you to make a comeback. They want to go home because those were terrible calls. But it’s really not about the call being terrible, cause I’ve seen bad calls before. It’s about upholding the rules of the game and not making that call against us. It is what it is.”

Russell Martin

“I didn’t feel we lost the game, I feel we got cheated out of it,” “Once again, it is part of the game of baseball. Umpires are human. They are going to make mistakes. Just don‘t make them against us.”

Joe Giraridi

“He was clearly safe,” “Just like Adam Jones was in New York that cost the Orioles a run. The difference is, one helped us and one hurt us. So Jerry missed it. You hate to lose a game that way, but he missed it.”


Ramifications of the Call

Outside of the historic perspective of what happened last night at Camden Yards, a ripple effect may be felt throughout baseball that could possibly lead to changes in the way the game is played, umpired and managed. This means the final addition of in-game replay technology that will assist umpires in getting calls right that have been disputed.

The totally unbiased Executive VP of Baseball Operations Joe Torre released a statement after the game that stated “We have discussed and analyzed the video and accounts of the events of Saturday nights game, and have decided that now is the time to institute instant replay. We feel that if a team as prestigious as the Yankees were to have their season affected and possibly miss the playoffs because of a blown call, that baseball would suffer greatly and ultimately be devastated to it’s core. So in the best interests of the game we have hastily thrown a system together that we think will solve this terrible conflict.”
  • “First, we will expand replay to all plays on the field that exclude the strike zone. This includes tag plays, catches, foul balls, hit by pitches, and anything else that with video replay can be shown to be incorrect/correct within a matter of seconds. We now realize that our delayed action on this has cost us the ultimate price… a Yankee loss.”
  • “Second, we will make the replay system go in to effect retroactively to last night, and make the Yankees-O’s game game as of September 8 be replayed as a 5-5 game in the 9th. We believe this to be fair, and apologize to coach Girardi for his inconvenience and that we couldn’t do more.”
  • “Lastly, will be the replay challenge system itself. We will make it so replays act as credits throughout the season, and that those credits can be purchased by a team before the season in an unlimited and unspecified amount. So in one instance a team could buy $100 million in credits, and another team that can barely put together a $50 million dollar payroll could buy credits if they so choose. We believe this will greatly level the playing field and will change the game for the better.”
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