World Series Game 4: When Evan Longoria tags Jimmy Rollins, he doesn’t really tag Jimmy Rollins; Ryan Howard can go to left field; Rays dugout gets pointed at
There’s something about my being at work, casually monitoring sporting events that brings out the controversial calls.
Yesterday, it was the pylon touchdown in the Michigan-Michigan State game that had our cubicles buzzing. Not to be outdone, the third-base umpire in tonight’s Game 4 got his puzzling call out of the way in the first inning.
That sure looks like Rays third baseman Evan Longoria tagging Jimmy Rollins out at the end of a rundown. The man in blue (or in this case, black) didn’t see it that way. Rollins was ruled safe on the play and subsequently scored to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE: Power hitter and Subway sandwich enthusiast Ryan Howard has just hit an opposite-field three-run homer to give Philadelphia a 5-1 lead in the 4th inning.
Is the improbable run of the Tampa Bay Rays finally coming to an end?
The Rays, obviously not happy with the way the game is being called, are giving it to the umpires — who don’t seem too amused. Joe Blanton has also homered, prompting the obligatory “Rocky” theme music from FOX.The Phillies continue to hit the long ball and it’s turned into a blowout, with the Fightin’s up 10-2. Jayson Werth did his best Steve Garvey impression after his homer.
While we understand the Philadelphia fans are excited about what is going to be a 3-1 series lead, we must point out that Ryan Howard isn’t quite 35. That renders this sign useless.