If you thought that bad calls were just reserved for the NCAA Men’s Championship game, you probably missed watch the Rangers / Rays game.
But before we get to talking about the Rangers, let’s take a quick look at the Michigan v. Louisville championship game (since it’s slightly more important than 1 of 162 baseball games).
With Michigan trailing by three points with only minutes to go, Louisville guard Peyton Siva took off on a fast break. Instead of letting him go due to foul trouble, the Naismith Player of the Year Trey Burke followed down the court and made what should have been the block of the game.
Instead, the refs called a foul. Which was bullsh*t.
Siva nailed the two free throws, Burke took a bad shot out of frustration, and then Louisville came down and got another bucket. Six point swing. Game over.
Now onto the Rangers v Rays game.
At the top of the 9th inning, the Tampa Bay Rays were down a run (5-4). Their batter Ben Zobrist was facing a full count against Rangers closer Joe Nathan who was battling for his 300th career save. When Nathan pitched a change-up that hit the dirt, effectively walking the hitter, Zobrist started to make the walk to first.
But that would be too easy.
Instead, umpire Marty Foster punched out Zobrist who was stunned. Rays Manager Joe Maddon was stunned. Even Joe Nathan was stunned (as you can tell in this video where’s seen mumbling “Wow.”)