Helluva afternoon at Citi Field...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Helluva afternoon at Citi Field...

...as the Mets won their franchise record-tying 11th straight game... against their frequent tormenters, the Atlantas, yet... but the umpires helped them out with an obvious blown call that no one caught!

With Bridgehampton native A.J. Pierzynski on first base and two out, pitcher Bartolo Colón made a quick reverse step off the mound and caught the Atlanta catcher (14 of 36 suc­cessful stolen base attempts over an 18-year career) trying to steal second base. When the hapless runner stopped Colón made the textbook play.

With the ball in his pitching hand ready to thow in whichever direction Pierzynski broke, the 285-pound Colón ran right at the runner until he committed himself to continuing toward second base. Colón lunged at Pierzynski and seemed to have slapped him on the back of his left shoulder with his glove...

Colón tags Pierzynski without the ball.

...whereupon second base umpire Jerry Meals (those are his feet and pants cuffs in the above photo) called Pierzynski out. Side retired with the Mets one-run lead intact.

Problem was, if you watch the video, the ball never left Colón's throwing hand... and no one seems to have noticed!

Still, it was a remarkable day as the Mets' 41-going-on-50 year old retread Colón became the major leagues first four game winner, and the Mets have the best record in all of baseball to lead their division by 4½ games.


1. Champ 19 said...

Dean, good find. It's the old "proximity play." You know like the double plays at second base where the defensive player brushes by, not actually stepping on, second base before he throws to first. This, however, I have never seen before and I am sure Pierzynski is most assuredly safe.

Forty-five years ago we used to call it "the phantom double-play," something my teammates on The Artful Dodgers softball team had their own version of. With no one on base and the ball hit to either second baseman Bruce Dennison or shortstop Barry Bass, the fielder would throw to the other covering second before relaying the ball to first baseman Richie Affinito to record the out. Our opponents thought we were nuts, but we always beat them.

I was astonished that four umpires and the entire Atlanta teams missed it, as well as the Mets' broadcasters.

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