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Monday, July 6, 2009
Umpire makes up rule

Uh oh. Methinks an investigation should be conducted of this affair: I was watching the game, and the replays were clear: Jeter should have been safe. The umpires missed several other calls in this game. But that's going to happen. What's not supposed to happen is missing calls and then admitting that you don't really care if you missed them -- can't be bothered to get them right.

In fact, I would argue that if Foster really told Jeter that a tag is not necessary, he should be disciplined and perhaps fired. Every time I write something like this, the D.o.U. -- Defenders of Umpires -- jump all over me. The defenders claim umpires have a hard job and should be allowed to make mistakes. How can I possibly criticize these poor guys who make $300,000 for six or seven months of work? Well, maybe I'm too rough on the arbiters.

I'll tell you this, though: I have a newfound admiration for Jeter. Because if I made a foolish decision and then, thanks to a bit of luck and a great deal of skill, turned my mistake into success only to have an umpire decide to make his own rule, I'd want to punch him in his big fat mouth.