The New York Mets Steal One from the Braves

Joel Barker@joelabarkerSenior Writer IMay 13, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 09:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 9, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 10-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

At the risk of sounding like a spoiled fan, I must say that this might have been the worst call I've seen all year.

I'm referring to the blatantly obvious Carlos Beltran "stolen base" in the bottom of the ninth.

If third-base umpire, Greg Gibson, makes the correct call, Mike Gonzalez gets the save, and the Braves are going for the sweep tomorrow.

But no, Gibson screwed the call to pieces. And as a result, Beltran, scores the tying run on a sacrifice fly a few pitches later.

Then Beltran comes up in the bottom of the tenth and gets a ball-four call, with the bases loaded for the win.

Now I will say, Jeff Bennett did not deserve the call since he could not find the strike zone with a phone book. But given what happened, the previous inning home-plate umpire, Andy Fletcher, should have made an exception and called Beltran out.

I hate to get on officials and umpires, but given all that's happened recently, something needs to be done with these goons.

The non-call in Dallas in the NBA playoffs on Sunday was ludicrous. That guy should be investigated to see if he had some money riding on that one.

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The blown call early in the NFL season by Ed Hochuli should have cost him his job. I don't care how good he has been in the past.

These referees and umpires should be held accountable when they cost teams a game.

And I know what you will say. Atlanta could have scored in the top of the tenth.  Dallas could have told the officials that they were going to foul.

Well, you know when a call of that magnitude happens, it's hard to recover from that.

It's sad and ridiculous.

Enjoy this one Mets fans. You had one given to you, and you know it.