The last two nights were good/gutsy, and very ugly win for the Mets. In my opinion I think it was fairly obvious why these games played out the way they did. Yes the Reds defense looked like the blooper reel from the Mets ’62 season, But I also feel that this umpiring crew – spearheaded by the incompetent Laz Diaz should shoulder much of the blame.
Case in point. In Tuesday nights, Justin Turner hit a ball that was clear to everyone – players, announcers , and fans alike that this was a extra base hit. But Laz Diaz – who was the first base umpire, failed to get himself inthe right position to accurately call the ball fair. He instead ruled it foul, which in turn made Turner return to the at bat. Turner did end up getting a single, but had the original play been called correctly, the Mets could have had a bigger inning. In the next inningWally Bell called a Reds baserunner safe when he stole second base. It was clear to all that Reyes had the tag on him before his hand ever touched the bag !
In last night’s game there was some more calls that were blown. In the first inning with one man out, Laz Diaz ( once again) awards Justin Turner first base on a catchers interference call. Well Diaz must have had a outer body experience ( or self doubt) and conferred with the other umpires for about five minutes to discuss his call. Diaz then goes to relay to Terry Collins that he has reversed his decision, and Turner must go back to finish the at bat. I mean he had the best view, it’s his call – why the hell did he reverse it ?!? Yes Turner would go on to score the first run of the game, but still what are these umps thinking ?
In the top of the third inning my blood truly began to boil. Carlos Beltran would knock in Jose Reyes with a bloop single. In the process of going first to third on the play Justin Turner is called out at third base by Scott Barry. When you saw the play in both real time and on replay it is obvious that third baseman, Miguel Cairo was late to put the tag on Turner.
I mean what is up with these umpires ? There seems to be no real fines or levies against them when they onerously blow calls, and the evaluation system that is in play to grade them is evidently flawed. I mean how can perennially bad umpires such as Angel Hernandez, Laz Diaz amongst others still allowed the responsability to determine crucial outcomes to games played ?
I know a win is a win, but still there have been many times my team has been screwed on bad officiating, and if the Mets had lost last night it would have been a travesty !
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Sadly on this day in 1992, coach and later on interim manager of the ’67 Mets, Salty Parker passed away. Parker replaced Wes Westrum who resigned in the last month of the season. Parker managed in 11 games for the Mets that season, and went 4-7.
The New York Mets released outfielder, Jimmy Piersall on July 27, 1963. The story behind ” Mr. ” Fear Strikes Out” release is that on the day before he hit his 100th career home run. He proceeded to run the bases backwards, which in turn angered manager, Casey Stengel who ordered him cut .
The New York Mets released Cleon Jones on July 27, 1975. This came on the heels of Cleon Jones being insubordinate to then manager, Yogi Berra. In some respects it was the beginning of the team’s eventual into the abyss two years later.
The New York Mets traded reserve first baseman, Mike Marshall to the Boston Red Sox for minor leaguers, Greg Hansell, Paul Williams and Ed Perozo on July 27, 1990.
The New York Mets traded relievers ( as well as fan favorites) Turk Wendell and Dennis Cook to the Philadelphia Phillies for the erratic pitcher, Bruce Chen and minor league pitcher, Adam Walker on July 27, 2001. It has been said that the reason why Wendell and Cook were traded because they were openly critical about the front office.
The New York Mets signed free agent Carlos Gomez on July 27, 2002. Carlos turned heads in his brief stint with the Mets in ’07. He was later traded to the Twins for Johan Santana. He is currently with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Mo Vaughn was disappointed when he discovered that radio station WKRP in Cincinnati was a fictional place. He had his heart set on meeting Venus Flytrap !