OK, so this site is called "MichiganBaseball.net," and neither the Texas Rangers or Tampa Bay Rays have much -- if anything -- to do with baseball in The Mitten.
But this called third strike was so bad, I just had to post something about it.
Umpire Marty Foster called the balls and strikes Monday night during the Rangers' 5-4 win over the Rays in Arlington. I didn't watch the game -- there was some basketball game going on at the time -- but Deadspin does an admirable job of chastising Foster, nonetheless.
From Deadspin (view the .gif of the pitch here if you'd like)
This was the strikeout the ended the game, a 5-4 Texas victory, and Tampa Bay is wondering what could should have been. Joe Nathan had been shaky. He had already given up one run. There was a runner on first. Ben Zobrist saw that Nathan couldn't find the plate, so he never once took the bat off his shoulder over a six-pitch at-bat. Every pitch was out of the strike zone. Three of them were called strikes, with strike three being the most egregious of all. This is how baseball makes you sad.
Joe Maddon was furious, taking to his Twitter account afterward to opine, "That can't happen in a major league game." Joe Nathan, who locked down his 300th career save, knew he got away with one. "It’s pretty safe to say we got fortunate," he said. Even Marty Foster owned up to his oopsie. And this was all presumably before anyone saw the pitch tracker.
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