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Of course I'm kidding, lest anyone think I'm actually wanting his life ruined and family harried. But I've never seen a blown call that terrible mean so much in such an important game. Ever. Well, except perhaps that kid in Yankee Stadium who stole the HR ball. Jeffrey Mayer, was it?
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I was at the game. A person in the parking lot could have made a better call.
I"m a baseball purist, but the post season is going to have to consider instant replay. That started a rally that never stopped. Instant replay would have shown he was out and things MIGHT (I emphasize "MIGHT") have turned out differently.
There is no excuse for that awful call. No excuse whatsoever.
Here's a shock, I disagree... sort of. The instant review guy up above to prove the Ump's call wrong? I'd go for that. But, I also think in the scheme of things, it is probably a wash, no pun intended.
I don't want it to hinder the game. If it speeds up the game and its accrracy? I am in.
In the WS? While I want it to be held at a higher standard, it contradicts what baseball stands for. You can't change rules for play-offs.
The true test of men is when they play their game one on one. Their own game. LaRussa is. Wash? Ehhhhhh..... not so much!
Funny that you should post the address of the stadium because he actually does live in the St. Louis area and apparently was born and raised in St. Louis.
Tweets from Anthony Andro (starts from the bottom up obviously). He has a point - it's silly that they'll only ask for help - or that the other umps who may have seen the play will only help when asked - but Wash never made a move from the dugout of said a word about it. I don't get why not. May not have helped, but it may have.
He didn't do this b/c he's from STL. He just screwed up, and it hurt us.
Anthony Androaandro Anthony AndroCrew chief Jerry Lane stepped in when Kulpa was asked about being from St. Louis.1 hour ago
Anthony Androaandro Anthony AndroKulpa after seeing replay: I saw a replay when I walked off the field, and the tag was applied before his foot hit the bag.1 hour ago
Anthony Androaandro Anthony AndroKulpa on asking for help: No. On that type of play, I'm not going to ask for help. Ron didn't ask me to get any help either.1 hour ago»Anthony Androaandro Anthony AndroFirst-base ump Ron Kulpa: At time the of the play, I had him on the base at the time of his tag. I had a tag, but I had him on the base.
I see that Ron's postgame comments that eh said he did go out. Did anyone see this? Either they didn't really show it or, more plausibly, I was too busy throwing things and yelling at the TV and missed it.
I bought the url: FireRonKulpa.com in a pissed off fury sometime around the fourth inning. I hate the guy since he's from St. Louis for one, but I also hope that this call can move MLB towards some real instant replay. I'm not a web geek, but if someone would like to do something with the website, let me know.
You can't change the rules for the playoffs, yet we add extra umps on the OF lines in the playoffs? That makes no sense. Get it right.
They should be able to appeal, to see if the other umpires saw anything. The home plate umpire looked like he was in position to see the the play okay.
Which was worse, the call by the umpire or Kinsler's throw? Both should have been routine. Maybe Kinsler is from St Louis also.
Wash went out.
Ron Kulpa is his name and he grew up an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and his desire was to one day actually play for the Redbirds (which he did last night!!). This is all by his own admission......in an article the other day he said when he got the call from MLB (and I think it may have been Joe Torre if I remember the article right) he said it was the biggest thrill of his life to be able to be on the umpire crew in a World Series that featured the Cardinals..........so do we figure this incompentent umpire his fulfilling his childhood wish to play for the Cardinals and help them win a World Series?
Are you guys for real? I would understand the frustration if we lost by one run or something, but we lost by NINE runs; I think in the grand scheme of things this blown call is going to be a minor footnote in this world series.
Also, Kulpa was the one who called Kinsler's stolen base safe, so the whole "he's blowing calls for St. Louis" argument is kind of dumb.
We're only down 2-1 guys....keep your heads up! Let's hope the Rangers can pull a Mavericks and win out.
One run or nine runs in the final outcome doesn't matter. It was a one run game when that call occurred. While the Rangers pitching generally sucked last night, and it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which they would have won, it's a false assumption to believe that events would have transpired in the same way had that call been correct. I believe, but damn I'm still abnormally annoyed about that call last night.
Keep in mind that Ron Kulpa also made the call on Kinsler's stolen base in the 9th inning in game two. That call was close enough that if he had called Kinsler out no one would have argued too vigilantly. But he made the right call and called him safe. He just made a mistake and it was quite bad and almost certainly shifted momentum and definitely had an impact on the game but the bottom line is that the Rangers did not play even close to good enough to win a game against a team in the World Series. They're playing with just as much desire to win as the Rangers and the Rangers are going to have earn their victories.
The blown call at first was not the game changer. See Albert Pujols.
The call was the game changer. NOT Albert Pujols. That douche just benefited from the Rangers lack of ability to shake off that blown call.
If we pitch to Pujols again in this series I will pull my hair out. Wait I have no hair.
The fact of the matter is that the blown call leaves you wondering how events would have unfolded. Kulpa's admission that he won't ask for help on plays like that tell you how self-righteous umpires are and how unsophisticated the mlb is.
I ask again: Which was worse, the call by the umpire or Kinsler's throw?
Uh... the call. Kinsler's throw sucked, but Napoli did his job, and applied the tag. Now, if you were to ask about Napoli's throw the next inning (I think) then you might have a point. That throw to home was awful.
The throw that Napoli made was awful, but at least it was a tough play. The throw that Kinsler made was routine, or should have been. The call by the umpire was awful also, but it never would have happened if Kinsler had made the routine throw. Kinsler's errant throw was by far the worst play of the 3, in my opinion. He wasn't pressured by the runner at second bas, and he had a slow runner going down the line at first. No excuse for not turning that double play. At least I haven't heard one yet.
Here's what I say on this topic... Having an umpire,a ref, a line judge, etc. despite the sport from the same town, maybe even the same state, is a conflict of interest. I am very disturbed that there is a St. Louis homer on the field calling plays, plus two in calling the game. THAT is why I will take pleasure sticking it to 'em when we win it all.
I wanted to win it at home, but winning it in St. Louis will be SO funny. And it better win Homer Call of the Week when Joe and Tim are sollen.
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