In Game 1, Rangers batter Adrian Beltre hit a chopper to third base in the top of the ninth inning. As the ensuing out was recorded at first, something was wrong.
Beltre was hopping around home plate, yowling in pain, and pointing to his right foot. Ron Washington came out to argue, the umpires thought it over, and in the end, Beltre was out.
FOX had to go to infrared technology to prove that Beltre had indeed hit a pitch off his foot. It should have been ruled a foul ball.
The Cardinals won the contest by one run, and although the Rangers failed to produce for the remainder of the inning and game, some blamed the umpire for taking an out, and therefore a scoring chance, away from Texas.
In Game 3, Ian Kinsler was the middle man of a double play in the making.
One problem: his throw to first baseman Mike Napoli was wild. Napoli jumped, caught the ball and acrobatically reached back to tag Matt Holliday as he ran by.
Amazing double play. Two outs for Texas, right?
Wrong. First-base umpire Ron Kulpa called "safe," resulting in only one out recorded in the fourth inning of a then-1-0 game. Some blamed the umpire for Napoli's ensuing overthrow error to home plate which cashed in two additional St. Louis runs.
The Rangers lost Game 3 by a final of 16-7, yet some of the most ardent fans couldn't help but blame the umpire for the ensuing 15 runs allowed by Texas pitching.
Fans who blame the umpires for Rangers losses in Games 1 and 3 will not care that the umpiring during this World Series has been 99.4 percent accurate through six games.
It's true, but it's cold comfort to those people who love to blame umpires for everything and anything.