kurt's nightmare

Generally, I post once a week. Topics are randomly selected and depend mostly upon whether it's baseball season or not. Other topics will include sex, politics, old girlfriends, music, and whatever else pops into my little brain. If you'd like to read, or ignore, my blog about China: http://meidabizi.blogspot.com/

Location: Dayton, OH, Heard & McDonald Islands

I'm an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dayton. I represent no one but myself, and barely do that. I'm here mostly by accident.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A challenge

After last night's snoozefest, Game 4 of the ALCS, courtesy of the well-paid (and worth it) C.C. Sabathia, a blogger writing for Yahoo Sports wrote the following:

Just when you thought the 2009 postseason umpiring couldn't get any worse, Tim McClelland goes ahead and makes what ends up as the worst call — or non-call — of all time.

Yes, you read that right. The worst call of all time. Not just this postseason. Not this entire season. Not this decade. Not this century. I challenge you to think of one that was worse.

At this point, not even Kanye West could interrupt to suggest something worse after McClelland left the entire baseball universe shaking its head at his work during the Yankees' 10-1 victory over the Angels in Game 4 of the ALCS.

I accept the challenge.

Don Denkinger. Game 6 of the 1985 World Series, St. Louis against Kansas City.

Bad call. Very bad call. Obvious when it was seen live. More obvious when seen on a replay. Was it technically as bad as McLelland's? Perhaps not; not as complicated, certainly.

But it would have been the first out of the ninth inning of game 6. Had the call--an easy call, mind you--been made correctly, the Cardinals would have only needed two more outs to win the Series.

Denkinger missed a call Helen Keller could have made. The Cardinals proceeded to lose their minds, lose the game, then get blown out in Game 7.

I claim that is a worse call.

I welcome other candidates. I should add that Denkinger doesn't deserve getting death threats (which he was still getting, just a few years ago). Those should probably stop now.


Blogger Bazarov said...

"Denkinger missed a call Helen Keller could have made." & "Those should probably stop now."

Excellent. I know little of baseball, especially specifics like scores or records: that bats and gloves are involved with three bases and a homeplate pretty much covers it. However, I've discovered fans are best when they're angry and/or disappointed, at least to those ignorant of baseball and its related happenings.

9:57 AM  
Blogger papoon's little brother said...

c'mon Kurt--can't we get past that after all these years? and think of the pitching and emotional display we would have missed in game 7....

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just checked out both bad calls on Youtube. In that it was in the Ninth inning of Game 6 of the World Series, the Cardinals' bad call is more momentous, more determinative, but ultimately not that egregious. It's the kind of call that happens somewhere about once a week during the regular season.

The Yankees bad call is unprecedented, but happened in a game that wasn't even close, and it had no bearing on the final outcome.

In context, then, the Cardinals' is the worst call. But taken objectively, the Yankee's is by far the worse call.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I particularly like that 1985 Cardinals World Championship banner. Fine fiction!

3:09 PM  
Blogger kmosser said...

Nice to see those of philosophical bent readng this.

As well as Royals losers (hey, Bud!)

The call last night was pretty awful. The call in 1985 was worse than a missed call at first; I listen and watch a lot of baseball games, and while umps miss calls all the time, to be sure, that one is missed surprisingly infrequently. And very few times when it is that obvious at first.

The 85 call was not a bang-bang play. That was clear, even on TV.

But the context is another factor, and while Royals losers (hey, Bud!) insist they would have won anyway--to to give them their due, they absolutely crushed the Cards the next night--I'm not so sure that if that call is made correctly, the game is all over.

Exquisite torture, ya know?

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

So what? I think Cardinals fans should get over it. How many times have the Kansas City Royals won since? Nobody even knows who they are!

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Stop that Mia! She's using my name again to cause trouble.

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Blogger kmosser said...

great. a dodger fan chimes who thinks they came from l.a.

and her husband hot dog boy. a cubs fan, last time i checked.

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The question has now been decided.

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