Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Historical and Weird

Future Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman collected his 600th save in tonight's game.
It was a blast to cut the celebration on the field after this great accomplishment. I even got a huge lump in my throat as Hoffman was hugging and kissing his three young boys on the field.
Naturally, we iso'd Hoffman during the final out and were rewarded with a nice reaction shot as he raised his arms in great relief and excitement.
It is always wonderful to be part of the team that televises historical games.
Every TV baseball crew member wants to be part of a perfect game or a no-hitter.
I will never forget Mark McGwire's 61st and 62nd homerun games. And on the final day of the '98 season he hit #70.
I have been part of a couple of no-hitters and it was a fantastic experience.
However, Hoffman ending the game with his 6ooth save capped off a very strange, very weird game.
During the bottom of the second inning, the Brewers had runners on first and second with nobody out. The batter hit a groundball to the second baseman and the Cardinals turned a 4-6-3 double play with the run scoring thus giving the Brewers a 3-0 lead.
However, the second base umpire ruled that the Brewers' baserunner went out of the basepath to take out the shortstop thus nullifying the run.
Brewers manager, Ken Macha, was ejected for arguing the play.
Ejection #1.
The Brewers fans were incredulous and the booing was loud.
After the first pitch of the bottom of the third inning, Home plate umpire Bob Davidson threw Cardinals' pitching coach out of the game for arguing the pitch which was called a ball. Replays showed the pitch was a ball.
Ejection #2
Later in the bottom of the third inning, a Brewers' batter hit a groundball to third and the throw pulled Albert Pujols of the base. He tagged the runner on the head but the first base umpire called the runner safe. Pujols argued that he tagged the runner and Cardinals manager joined in on the conversation. The first base umpire consulted with the home plate umpire and the runner was ruled out.
Replays showed this to be the proper call but the home Brewers crowd would have none of it and the booing became even louder.
During the bottom of the 5th inning, Brewers' outfielder Chris Dickerson was ejected by Davidson after being called out on strikes. He threw his bat and helmet which led to the ejection. Replays showed the pitch was a strike.
Ejection #3.
Before the start of the bottom of the 7th inning something happened that made this weird game even stranger.
Davidson ejected a fan from the game!
We talked in the truck and none of us had ever been witness to a fan being ejected.
Ejection #4
Twenty years from now, baseball fans will look at September 7, 2010 as the day Trevor Hoffman collected his 600th save.
Baseball fans will not remember how weird this game really was.

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