By Mike Harrington
I threw this link up on Twitter earlier this afternoon and it's getting quite a run thanks to a retweet from Joe Posnanski, the former KC Star and Sports Illustrated columnist and noted author now working for NBCSports.com.
It's about a 1991 game at then-Pilot Field where home plate umpire Angel Hernandez blew a game-ending call at home plate and precipitated a huge rhubarb with the visiting Iowa Cubs. It was great stuff. Catcher jumping up and down and throwing equipment and all!
Why do I bring it up? Because Hernandez was in the middle of things Wednesday night in Cleveland. Adam Rosario's apparent game-tying home run in the top of the ninth was ruled a double -- even after replays clearly showed it was a home run because it hit a railing in the front of the Progressive Field bleachers before bouncing back on the field. See the replay at the top of this post
Hernandez then ejected A's manager Bob Melvin which, technically, is automatic for an umpire challenging a review decision. But still sophomoric. And then he told a pool reporter afterward he wouldn't do an interview unless she turned off her tape recorder. And the reporter was San Francisco Chronicle veteran Susan Slusser, the president of the Baseball Writers Association of America!
What a buffoon. Hernandez had an Eric Gregg-like strike zone during the World Baseball Classic and is universally hailed as the worst umpire in the game. Here's another addition to the list. How does this guy keep his job?
I'll have plenty more to say about replay in Sunday's Inside Baseball column. Be sure to check it out.