• Made To Orta

    Posted by on June 17th, 2005 · Comments (4)

    Crew chief admits umpire made wrong call

    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.

    Comments on Made To Orta

    1. Phil
      June 17th, 2005 | 10:29 am

      Like I said- when you hustle and play hard- good things happen.

      Randazzo shouldn’t take it so hard…he’s human and made a mistake…no reason to become a hermit.

      I’ll start the collection for a giant fruit basket.

    2. Rafael
      June 17th, 2005 | 11:22 am

      Hey, at my job, I’ve made bigger mistakes with a lot more time to realize it. Happens to everybody.

      Although you mention the idea of this being big on the season timeline, I can’t imagine it’ll really matter in the end. Were the Yankees to make the playoffs, for example, I don’t think anybody’ll say, “thank goodness for that call; otherwise, who knows where we’d be?”

    3. June 17th, 2005 | 11:42 am

      Well, without the call, the Yankees would have lost. And, as I wrote that night:

      If the Yankees had lost this game, it would have been painful – perhaps one of the most stinging losses of the season to date, considering how close the game was, etc.

      It would have been one of those losses that keeps you up at night and results in you still being in a pissy mood the next morning – and for most of that day. And, in my mind, had the Yankees lost this game, it would have made tomorrow’s game “Must Win.” And, that status would not be just because of another possible game lost in the standings – although that’s still a bad thing. It would have been “Must Win” because, as a team, the Yankees could not afford to lose two of three to the Pirates after playing like living fecal matter in the 12-game road trip before this series.

      So, I think it was a pretty important call.

    4. Raf
      June 17th, 2005 | 10:59 pm

      Yep, I wouldn’t sweat it.

      I guess he can ask Don Denkinger for advice? :D

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