posted on Apr, 17 2006 @ 11:57 PM
Excuse my cluelessness, but just to be real clear:
Are you saying that the ball went OUT OF THE PARK and that Erstad failed in his attempt to catch it?
If so, there is a whole lot of blame to go around here. Stay with me on this:
In order to play any position other than pitcher, you have to have either great vision or great corrected vision, so you can hit MLB pitching. AND,
when a ball is hit for a home run, the umpire closest to the play (here, probably the 2B umpire, but maybe the 3B ump) repeatedly makes a small
circular gesture with his forefinger.
Every major league player knows this and should be WATCHING for that signal in this situation. As soon as the signal is given, that's it and they
should slow down and make sure this kind of disaster cannot occur.
Now, if the ump failed to give the signal because he didn't see whether the ball was gone, that could cause confusion. But it's hard to believe that
neither the 3B coach nor the runner who'd gotten to 2B could see whether the ball was gone. And, even if the play was SO obscured because of a
terrible angle that none of those people could see whether the ball was gone, then....
YES, I agree with you. Lopez should never have flown on by the baserunner. Not even if the ump made the HR gesture and Lopez saw it. He should have
slowed down long enough to wonder where the heck that runner was, and BOTH coaches should have been screaming at him at the top of their lungs to stop
running and not pass the baserunner. What exactly do those two guys get paid for?
THIS is the same hugely overachieving, banjo-hitting team that went all the way last year--in an enormous upset--with timely pitching and great