Monday, July 19, 2010

Cuzzi Wuzzy Had No Clue

After getting stellar performances from Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito and Matt Cain, it was up to Jonathan Sanchez to show that he belongs in this solid rotation. And Jonathan, without the run support that Matt Cain received the day before, held his own.

Thanks to a rally in the bottom half of the ninth inning, Jonathan was taken off the hook for the loss, after he delivered the pitch to Met third-baseman David Wright in which he launched beyond the center field fence to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

But an out of position home plate umpire missed the call when Met catcher (Henry Blanco) tagged Giants' runner (Travis Ishikawa) upward of the shoulder area while his legs easily crossed home plate before the alleged tag was said to have been made.

Phil Cuzzi let the heckling from the Mets' bench get the better of him as he made an out call on their behalf to make up for the many pitches they claimed he had missed. But he wasn't just squeezing the Mets. The Giants had their share of questionable calls when their pitcher were toeing the slab.

In the era of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) there has always been the question as to how to keep score, so to speak. Does this or that statistic get an asterisk and how are such things determined.

Here's a question, how many players got something taken away from them because of an umpire's call? Like Brian "Don't Worry Baby" Wilson, who would've been credited with the win had Travis Ishikawa been correctly called "SAFE!" instead got the loss when the game went into extra innings.

All because of an out of position umpire.

I guess one could say after witnessing the game that, well, 'Cuzzi wuzzy had no clue/ but Cuzzi wuzzy surely had attitude!' (If you read his statement that Blanco made a good attempt at tagging the baserunner was why he called the runner out and you recall how he was barking- at the players, coaches and manager's growls-throughout the game, you would know the man has attitude. Not owning up to missing the call and going full-on World Cup, with his pathetic explanation, made something poorly executed worse.)

Kevin Marquez