Friday, June 02, 2006

An Interesting Call

Another call I'm not sure I've ever seen before. With a tie score and 2 outs in the 9th, Johnny Damon took off for second base trying to steal the bag. The throw beat him and the umpire called him out and then very quickly and correctly changed the call to safe. As Brian Roberts held up his glove to say he got him, Johnny Damon blew Roberts' cover by pointing to the ball on the ground.

Damon actually kicked the ball out of the glove on the slide. The safe call was correct.

However, the official scorer did not give Damon a stolen base, but gave him a caught stealing and an error on Roberts.

I can't recall any other situation, when a guy tried to steal second, was safe, and got a caught stealing on his record.

Jeter followed up by delivering a go-ahead single as the Yankees now head into the bottom of the 9th with a 6-5 lead. Which is even more important now that the Red Sox just won with a 9th inning comeback.

Oh, how I wish Rivera was available right now.

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