I’m pissed. Royally pissed. I am upset with the way the umpires handled the Jason Heyward home run/non-home run call in the 7th inning of Saturday’s Cubs/Dodgers game. The Cubs ultimately lost 3-2 on a walk-off home run in the 9th inning by Cody Bellinger.
I’m not here to tell you whether or not the ball was fair or foul. I am here to tell you that the umpires handled the situation in the poorest manner possible. Their ruling made it impossible for Heyward’s long ball to be ruled a home run.
The play was originally ruled a home run by the 3rd base umpire, and Heyward rounded the bases giving the Cubs a 3-2 lead at the time. After a little bit of a reaction by Justin Turner at 3rd base, telling his bench to challenge the play, the umpires got together and quickly ruled it a foul ball. After that second ruling of a foul ball, Cubs manager David Ross came out to ask for a review. A play like this is automatically reviewed as a “boundary” play, so why did the umpires need to get together if it was automatically going to be reviewed?
No replays shown on the broadcast showed any sort of clear result, and the ball was hardly visible. As we all know as baseball fans, it is hard for a play like that to be overturned. The call on the field should have been upheld because there was no conclusive evidence to rule in either direction.
It is safe to assume that had the umpires not overruled the original call before the review, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts would have come out and asked for the same boundary review that Ross did. So, if they were going to end up reviewing it anyway, why did they need to get together to change the call on their own?
Like I said before, I’m not here to tell you that the ball was fair or foul, what I’m telling you is that they handled it terribly.
Here is David Ross after the game talking about how it went down on his end. He doesn’t seem upset about it, as there really wasn’t much he could have done.
As fellow Cubs On Tap contributor Joey Ricotta (@theriot326) tweeted out, if the Cubs had a 3-2 in the 9th, we would have seen closer Craig Kimbrel on the mound to close out the game. Instead, Keegan Thompson pitched and gave up the walk-off homer to Cody Bellinger.
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