I Think There’s A Glasses Store on Route 38

Hey.  This is for all of you umps from the Yankees-Jays game yesterday that missed a bunch of calls.  Most of them being involved with Mr. Jeter.  Yeah, the league’s top vote getter for the All Star game.  The leader of this Yankees team.  Yeah.  You know who I’m talking about.  I think you need to take a team field trip to a store to get some of these…

When Jeter stole third in the first inning, I was extremely mad.  Jeter had a right to be as well.  This was the first time I’ve ever seen Jeter argue a call.  He is such a classy player and will only argue if he knows he is right.  He got in there with his hand before being tagged and was clearly safe.  He was right and his arguing would be backed up.  Here was Jeter’s reaction after the game:

“I was just baffled by the explanation.  I was told I was out because the ball beat me, and he didn’t have to tag me.  I was unaware the had changed the rules.”  Sarcasm is always fun when you know you’re right.  Girardi got tossed for arguing the call and the crowd went wild when he walked back to the dugout.  This whole situation was messed up.  And that was just the beginning of it.

In the third inning, Jeter grounded a ball hit into the hole between third and short and did his signature jumping throw to get Aaron Hill out at second.  The only problem was this… the ump called Hill safe when he was clearly out.  Now Jeter didn’t argue this call because he didn’t have the best view of that end of the play.  But the replays that they showed on t.v. clearly showed Hill getting to the bag late and that he was out.  Yet another frustrating moment for Jeter courtesy of the umps.

Now, Jeter’s day was pretty tough, the Yankees lost, but not all was bad.  Remember that Eric Hinske?  Yeah, he made his debut for the Yanks yesterday and wasn’t too bad.  In fact, his first at bat, he blasted a shot to deep right for his first homer.  It was great.  Also in the game, Hinske ended the first inning with a diving catch to rob Vernon Wells of a hit.  He had a great debut.  It could have been even better when he stepped up to the plate in the ninth inning with the Yankees down one.  They had scored a couple runs already in hope of making a comeback, but Hinske struck out and the game was over leaving the Yankees with a loss.  It was tough, but Hinske still had a really good game.

The ninth inning was yet another crazy comeback inning that the Yankees have had so abundantly this season.  Thanks to the early struggles of the bullpen, the Yankees offense has had to make comeback after comeback.  Well, that hasn’t been the case recently but it was last night and it almost happened again.  We were only down one when Hinske stepped up to the plate.  We were down three at the beginning of the inning.  Alomst another crazy comeback but this time we took the loss.  The upside to this is that the Red Sox also lost to the Oakland Athletics.

On Other Notes Around the MLB

  • The Phils scored 10 runs in the first inning of their game against the Reds.  Johnny Cueto, who many believe to have been and All Star snub, had 9 earned runs in 2/3 of an inning.  When he was taken out, he was extremely mad at himself.
  • Jason Marquis made another STELLAR start for the Rockies.  He went eight innings giving up seven hits and two walks.  He struck out three.
  • A’s rookie Brett Anderson two hits Red Sox in first career shutout.  A’s win 6-0 in Nomar Garciaparra’s return.
  • Pujols, Fielder, Howard, and Gonzalez to compete for NL in home run derby.

So it was a busy day yesterday, huh?  I’m wiped from being outside all day for the first time all summer with beautiful weather.  So I’m out.




  1. thatbaseballguy

    Jeff- Jeter is the kind of player to do that. He won’t argue unless he knows he is right and he will do it with so much class and will smile through it.

  2. metmainman

    I am sick of all these umpires making terrible calls, all around the league. It seems that ever since instant replay was instituted, they have been slacking off. And I have noticed that a lot of times they are not in a good position to call the play. I think MLB needs to call all umpires together and discuss this issue.

  3. iliveforthis

    Umpires make some ridiculous calls. There was a game where the Rockies were playing against… I think it was the Dodgers, and the ump did not at all have a consistent strikezone. Like Derek Jeter, you know that when Todd Helton argues a call, it was legit.

  4. Inside the Thought Bubble

    I completely agree with metsmainman and Jane on how umpires should talk and converse with each other about controversal plays. On one of the talk shows I think it was baseball tonight on ESPN, they read a statement from one of the other empires at the game on Monday who was completely backing up Jeter and saying that “if the ball beat you then your out” is no grounds on which to make a call. Just taking a few minutes to discuss it with other umpires could save calls like that from ruining a game

  5. raysfanboy

    Are those Joe Maddon’s glasses!? šŸ™‚

    I think it is hilarious that a guy who lives in Boston says, “The upside to this is that the Red Sox also lost to the Oakland Athletics.” I can’t imagine it is easy being a Yankee fan in enemy territory. You should get a medal!

    Good for you, Dillon!

  6. beatrizyankees

    Hey , nice blog !
    Commenting on what you wrote , i agree with some ,Jeter is the kind of player that wont argue unless he knows he’s right.

  7. bburrows@lhup.edu

    I think MLB really needs to reevaluate their umpires. It’s nice that they keep the human error factor in the game but there is a little too much error right now. I’m seeing too many blown calls on the base paths as well as on balls and strikes.

  8. crazy19canuck

    Umpires in baseball are like refs in hockey. Blind on most days. Sometimes you’re on the good end of bad calls, other days you’re not. Maybe we should make them watch a video of all the bad calls they made in each game? Make ’em feel an inch tall and maybe they will learn a bit.
    And say what you will about Jeter, but he still one of the classiest guys in the game.

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