The baseball season is long, boring and stupid (source: My wife). They play 162 games. How could one little game matter? Actually, it can! Look no further than just last season, where the Braves lost out on a playoff spot by one game to the eventual World Series champion Cardinals. Or in 2009, when the Twins won the Central race over the Tigers by a single game. Every game counts is a really annoying cliche, but also pretty accurate.
All of this is a long way of saying we should be very pissed off that two calls in the first inning cost the Nationals a win on Sunday. First, there was this call at first base:
That’s LaRoche standing on the base with the ball in his glove for the third out of the inning. Nats retreat to the dugout for the bottom of the 1st with no harm done. Of course, Rolen was called safe because he’s at least in the frame at the same time the ball arrived and he’s getting pretty old you guys but still trying really hard! Or something.
Second, after that adventure at first base, was this ball four call in a full count, still with two outs:
What you can’t see there is that Detwiller threw that pitch old-man underhand softball style, so it crossed the plate over the batter’s head before dropping into Ramos’ glove right in the middle of the strikezone.
The next batter hit a grand slam. There were no blown calls on that one.
Nats are now 7-3, which is tied for the second best record in the N.L. But 8-2 sure would’ve been nice.