Karma Smiles on San Francisco Giants
|Keep your eye on the ball...|
On Sunday, a gratuitously blown call by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi kept San Francisco from scoring what would have been the winning tally in a three-run, ninth-inning rally. The team went on to lose to the New York Mets in 10. But, a scant 48 hours later, a crucial umpires' error played a key role in a Giants victory.
|Don Mattingly's happy feet shouldn't have punished his team...|
Here's the rub: According to insiders contacted by ESPN, an obscure addendum to the rule requiring pitchers to be removed from the game if the manager visits the mound twice in an inning should have been considered -- and Broxton should not have been required to hit the showers in this key situation. Here's the nitty-gritty:
"In a case where a manager has made his first trip to the mound and then returns the second time to the mound in the same inning with the same pitcher in the game and the same batter at bat, after being warned by the umpire that he cannot return to the mound, the manager shall be removed from the game and the pitcher required to pitch to the batter until he is retired or gets on base. After the batter is retired, or becomes a baserunner, then this pitcher must be removed from the game."
It wasn't until after Tuesday's game that the umpires realized they'd made a mistake. And by then it was too late.
The conventional wisdom of the strikes and gutters of a long season is that "it all evens out." But it doesn't. Luck is a random thing, and bizarre foul-ups by officiating crews are more random still -- you will likely live the rest of your days and never see another game decided because of the addendum to rule 8.06(b) regarding mound visits.
So it's a stretch to think a higher power was righting a wrong committed against the Giants. But it is tempting to think that, if there is such a higher power -- it hates the Dodgers.
Coda: Yesterday's 2-0 loss was not karmic. Like a trip to the moon on gossamer wings, it was just one of those things.
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