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Pittsburgh Pirates Call Gets Worst: Jerry Meals' Family Being Harassed

ATLANTA - JULY 26: Manager Fredi Gonzalez #33 and Nate McLouth #13 of the Atlanta Braves discusses a call with Umpire Jerry Meals during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field on July 26, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Gonzalez and McLouth would be ejected during the argument. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIJuly 28, 2011

Jerry Meals' daughter has reported that her family is being harassed over the blown home-plate call made this Tuesday. MLB’s security division is currently looking into the situation. 

Apparently, people are actually showing up at the Meals' home. 

This is obviously a situation no family would feel comfortable in, and it's a real disappointment. 

The game and life outside the game should be separated to a point. If you're reading this site right now, you're a sports fan. As a sports fan, you probably read and watch more sports than the next guy, and you're proud of that. 

However, a bad move on the field, couldn't allow a person to be punished off of it. Meals made a honest mistake. He had no ill intentions, he just made a bad call.

It happens in every sport, every single day. Some people were calling Meals' call the worst in baseball history, but it probably wasn't even the worst call of the year (if even that).

Joe Torre even stated an apology, but he shouldn't have to. Matters like this should be resolved on the field and on the field only. They should never manifest themselves into a person's personal life.

Imagine if you had a bad day at work, and the next day you're getting harassed on the phone by people you don't even know. It's not a pleasant thought.

Let's just hope this issue gets resolved peacefully and quietly—for Meals' sake and for the sake of his family. 

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