MLB Playoffs- Right call?

Last night was one of the craziest endings to a World Series game in history. I’m sure everyone has seen the replay by now but the Cardinals won the game on what everybody is calling a ‘trip off’.

After trying to get Allen Craig running to third baseball, the Red Sox ‘ catcher threw the ball wide and it went into left field. Since the ball was in left field, Craig got up trying to score but tripped over the 3rd baseman Middlebrooks who was also on the ground trying to make the play at third. Craig tripped but got up and continued to run to home plate where he was thrown out. However, the umpire called him safe because he was obstructed on the play. As a result, the Cardinals won the crucial Game 3 matchup and have now a 2-1 series lead against the Red Sox.

This is one of the most contraversial calls in recent history but in my eyes it was certainly the right call. The player was obviously obstructed and if he didn’t trip he certainly would have been safe at home plate. With this happening, it is about time that an official went ahead and made the right call. Referees and umpires are usually too scared to make such a crucial play at the end of the game and most usually put their whistles away at the end so games don’t end like this.

I think this was a good call for baseball and a good example to show the other major league sports that they should not be afraid to make a big call because even though it may cause controversy, it is the correct call, which is what matters most.

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9 Responses to MLB Playoffs- Right call?

  1. ed10je says:

    I completely agree. The umpire made a bold call, risking a large amount of scrutiny if proven wrong, but he made the right call in the end. I thought it took a lot of courage to make the call, as it more or less decided the outcome of the game. Although the ending was deemed controversial, it was in fact the correct call. The umpires are paid to make the calls as they see them, and in this situation, although the Red Sox were unhappy, the correct call was made and the Cardinals won the game, as they should have.

  2. It seems like anyone who doesn’t like the call are Red Sox fans. There is absolute, without a doubt video evidence that Middlebrooks’ legs were lying in the way of the running path of Craig. The fact he lifted his legs up at what seemed to be the perfect time to trip him up just added the fuel to the fire and made it more obvious to the officials that there was in fact an obstruction problem. It could be argued that if Middlebrooks didn’t lift his legs up and just continued to lie on the ground that there wouldn’t have been a call made, but regardless of the events, the umpires made one of the greatest calls in World Series history. All be it, one of the most controversial calls, but nevertheless, the right one in the end.

  3. dd10er says:

    This was the correct call for not only this game but the entire game of baseball. I justify this statement based off the fact that if it were called an out it would hurt the credibility of the game of baseball. It could also potentially start a conspiracy theory for this World Series as there were previous reports in regards to Lester ‘doctoring’ the ball. Fans of the game may have questioned integrity of the game if this call was not made. While this was a controversial call it was one that had to be made not only for this game, but for the MLB altogether.

  4. tybrewer says:

    This is the second controversial call in the world series this year. The other was the play at second base in game 1. In both instances the umpire(s) made the correct call. I believe that in the end that is the important thing in sports. The game gets called fairly and by the rule book. I have seen many times referees put their whistles in their pocket. I saw today that the other umpires congratulated the home plate umpire on making the right call. Sticking together is very important in big games during big calls.

  5. tmills17 says:

    Great post Stephen! I was watching the game that evening and I’ll be honest when the play took place I really was against the call. After watching the replays I quickly switched sides. This was an excellent call by the umpire in an exciting and stressful situation. What a relief on his part lol! It will be interesting to see what kind of in-game replay system they implement for the umpires in future years. I heard they were adding a challenge system quite like the NFL’s. Great post Stephen, Looking forward to more from you!

  6. devongribble says:

    This is a good point. The right call was definitely made and that is what is important. I’m sure if a Red Sox player was obstructed with Boston fans would be upset if the player was called out. It would be simply unfair to allow for an obstruction of base-running to result in an out. While the actions of the third baseman were an attempt to make a game saving play, they interfered with a golden offensive opportunity for St. Louis.

  7. mt10xn says:

    couldn’t agree more , this guy knows his baseball forsure, probably a decent golfer too, also this is a just a great article for david stern to read. The NBA is known too have the refs keep the game particularly close and give certain players calls and not others. The MLB refs ,made the right call and every sports organization should learn to follow .

  8. mt10xn says:

    The NBA is known too have the referees keep the game particularly close and give certain players calls and not others. The MLB referees, made the right call and every sports organization should learn to follow. Officials need to realize that no attention should be drawn to them during a game. Everyone is there to watch the players play. Once officials decide to claim the game as their own, wrong calls get made.

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