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  1. I had to click Cristhian Martinez’s link just to double-check that’s how his name is actually spelled.

    Do his parents have a lisp or something?

    Comment by AdamM — July 27, 2011 @ 10:14 am

  2. To be fair to Mr. Lugo this was another set of questions he answered more appropriately:

    “On the game-ending play at the plate

    “I know I’m safe.” [Smiles]

    Did he miss you?

    “Yeah, I think so. He made the right call.” [Raises eyebrows]

    What, your slide was so fast we couldn’t see you hit plate before the tag? [Sarcasm]

    “That’s what happened.” [Smiling]

    You secretly snuck around him? [More sarcasm from reporter]

    “I was trying to avoid the tag.”

    Surprised by the call?

    “He made an appreciation call. Safe or out. That’s what they do.”

    An appreciation call?

    “Yes. You can appreciate if I was safe or out. He thought I was safe.”

    What did you think?

    “I was safe.” [Smiles]

    How many times were you tagged?

    “I was safe.”

    So you were never tagged?

    “I was safe.”

    Ever been a part of a game like this?

    “It was crazy, but it was good.””

    Comment by Ryan — July 27, 2011 @ 10:30 am

  3. Yea, can’t blame Lugo for that one. What’s he going to say, “oh yea, I was out. Can’t believe that ump, how dare he give me a call like that.”

    He played it off the best he could.

    Comment by Temo — July 27, 2011 @ 10:46 am

  4. Can we have another discussion about instant replay? How many times does this sort of thing have to happen?

    You know, I was REALLY excited to see that Martin Prado had a chance to go 0-10 in that game. He would have been the next batter. 0-10!!! I figured that that had to be some sort of record, which is what excited me. Stupid blown call. :/

    Comment by SC2GG — July 27, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  5. Sure, he can say “I thought he tagged me, but the umpire saw something different. Those are the breaks of the game, I guess.” Does it cost him anything to tell the truth?

    Comment by matt w — July 27, 2011 @ 10:53 am

  6. Well, Proctor fell on his face coming out of the box, so even if the call had been made correctly, you probably would have had to wait for the bottom of the 20th to see Prado chase history.

    Comment by Anon21 — July 27, 2011 @ 11:00 am

  7. Reading the source of those quotes, Fredi Gonzalez wins the award for the most ridiculous insult to his hearers’ intelligence:

    “Just reading his lips, he thought he missed the tag at the plate…. I say him swipe it and I was reading his lips and then I saw us celebrating. I think he said he thought he missed him.”

    Yes, McKenry was completely acting like someone who thought he missed the tag, just like Lugo was acting like someone who thought he scored.

    Worth nothing that, tag or no tag, Lugo clearly hadn’t touched the plate before Meals called him safe.

    Comment by matt w — July 27, 2011 @ 11:01 am

  8. Or he could say what Proctor actually said when he saw the replay:

    “That’s the way baseball goes. I’m not saying anything else.”

    Actually classy.

    Comment by matt w — July 27, 2011 @ 11:04 am

  9. The tag grazed Lugo. He could have not felt it. Chastizing him for “lying” says more about you than him, and is insulting to “the reader” and Lugo.

    I found it odd that the catcher did not either a) apply the tag more firmly, or b) throw to first base. Instead he did a graze tag and then held his glove out until the Ump called him safe.

    Also, a poor job of umpiring all around for the Homeplate umpire. He called more than one strike on Braves that were a foot outside the strikezone. Probably on the Pirates, too.

    Comment by TK — July 27, 2011 @ 11:13 am

  10. It’s the top of the ninth, Twins at bat, and are down by one, one runner on and a really terrible bottom of the order is coming up. Gardy looks at his bench to see who he has left to pinch hit… oh, Jim Thome and Joe Mauer.

    usually when you pinch hit it is with a guy with a wOBA that is league average or maybe a little higher, not a guy with 596 homers and a three time batting title champion.

    Comment by Barkey Walker — July 27, 2011 @ 11:48 am

  11. My thoughts too. I doubt Lugo actually felt the tag, but kind of assumed he would be called out as players usually are when the balls beats them to a base by that much.

    Comment by Nitram Odarp — July 27, 2011 @ 11:57 am

  12. Sensitive, much Matt?

    What Lugo said was fine. Lets start dissecting and interpreting athlete quotes now, I’m sure that’s a fruitful discussion.

    Besides, I still haven’t seen a tag on any of the replays.

    Comment by Temo — July 27, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

  13. Huh? He clearly waits until Lugo pops up and has his right foot land on the plate. Lugo goes back and touches it for sure after, but Meals definitely waited for him to touch the plate.

    Comment by Nitram Odarp — July 27, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

  14. The umpires had video replay in the Astros v Cardinals game yesterday and they still blew the call on the Pujols HR. Amazed that the story isn’t getting any more run alongside the Pirates/Braves ending from last night.

    Comment by Terence — July 27, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

  15. @Temo:
    “Besides, I still haven’t seen a tag on any of the replays.”
    What do you need a replay to see, it was obvious in real time?

    Comment by Nick — July 27, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

  16. Apparently replay would not have helped in this instance either, as Meals didn’t seem to see indisputably that the call he made was wrong.
    Plus, how do you use replay in this instance? The play was still on-going, so what would the ruling be on what would have happened after Lugo was called out?

    Comment by Nick — July 27, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

  17. Not sensitive — just agreeing with Joe’s original remark. No point in lying.

    Comment by matt w — July 27, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

  18. Lying is definitely not the same as saying something tongue-in-cheek, which is what is implied by the “[smiles] and [raises eyebrows].” As any e-warrior knows, simple text doesn’t always capture everything we mean.

    Comment by Allan — July 27, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

  19. Come on Nick…it may have looked obvious in realtime from the angle behind the catcher, but after watching it over and over from every angle it becomes more and more clear that if a tag was made (and I agree it probably was) the Pirates catcher just barely grazed Lugo’s leg.

    Comment by Nitram Odarp — July 27, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

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