In a battle of All-Star snubs Joey Votto made a much more compelling argument than Mike Pelfrey right from the get go last night. In the top of the first inning Votto launched his 20th homer of the year to straight away center depositing it right into the Big Apple's top hat.
The Reds managed to load the bases in the top of the inning with nobody out, bringing Scott Rolen up to the plate. On a 2-2 count home plate umpire Jerry Meals made the call that Rolen foul tipped an inside fastball into the glove of Rod Barajas for the first out of the inning. Rolen jogged to first, instead of the dugout, claiming the ball hit him in his forearm and did not touch the bat.
After a lengthy gathering with his crew Meal changed his call and awarded Rolen first base, giving the Reds a 2-1 lead. In short, watching that call be made opened the fiery gates of Hades and I swear I looked evil right into it's eye. I now know what was in that glowing case at the end of Pulp Fiction.
Someone please explain to Armando Galarraga that umpires, even those with a worse vantage point than the one who made the initial call, can overturn initial judgments.
Seriously, I would love to see his face when he sees how the umpires in this game went against years of tradition and overruled the man who was literally on top of the play.
Manager Jerry Manuel spoke about the contriversial play:
"Well the guy told me that he saw the ball, saw it hit the batter. From that angle I refuse to believe, what I saw was a reaction. A reaction to the batter, not what you saw what your reacting to, which I thought was wrong. This is a game that the human element is a part of...."
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