The meat of this:
The crew chief umpiring the Pirates-New York Yankees series admitted a colleague made an incorrect call in the ninth inning Wednesday night that cost the Pirates a victory.
Ed Montague said first base umpire Tony Randazzo erroneously called Gary Sheffield safe on a potential game-ending double play grounder. Replay showed Sheffield was out.
With the inning prolonged, the Yankees rallied to score the tying run and won the game, 7-5, in the 10th on Jason Giambi’s two-run homer.
“Nobody feels as bad about something like that than an umpire,” Montague said Thursday, “especially Tony, who is so conscientious. But what are you going to do?”
Montague said Randazzo was so distraught after watching replays of the play that he didn’t speak the entire ride back to the hotel.
“This is my 30th year in the league, and when something like that happens, it still tears your guts out,” Montague said. “It’s like a ballplayer making an error. We feel worse probably because it can cost the game.”
So, if it becomes true that June 15th is the game that turned the Yankees 2005 season around – and, yes, we’re still a long way from knowing this to be fact – then The Randazzo Call will be a huge point of interest on the season timeline.