OK. I will take the bait.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland challenged the media to write what they saw after the strike out that wasn’t called a strike out resulted in three Boston Red Sox runs during a 7-4 victory over the Tigers Monday at Fenway Park.
How bad was the call? Even the umpires admitted they got it wrong after the game. But that was too late and it didn’t do losing pitcher Doug Fister or the Tigers any good. It was another loss during a disappointing season. In case you missed it the controversy happened in the second inning when umpire Bill Welke ruled that a foul tip on what should have been strike three and the third out fell into the dirt and not catcher Gerald Laird’s glove. Laird maintains he caught the ball. In fact he said it wasn’t even a tipped ball.
Instead the Red Sox got a fourth chance and took advantage by scoring three runs. Afterwards Leyland went off about accountability.
“There should not have been a second-inning rally,” Leyland screamed at reporters. “There were three outs. I’ve been in the game a long time. When a catcher catches the ball and it is strike three, you call the guy out.
“It’s that simple, isn’t it? I mean you guys need to write something and hold people accountable. You know what, we’re all accountable in this business, and when I say, ‘all of us,’ I mean everyone who’s involved in the game needs to be held accountable.
“There should not have been a rally in that inning. Have the nerve to write what you saw and say it — because I’m not going to sit here and rip the umpires. Write it and say something once in a while. Have the nerve to say something.”
Here is what I say. First of all Leyland doesn’t need to tell the media how to do its job. The call was ridiculous and we will write about it and talk about it. Secondly, do you want to hold these guys accountable? Then we should fine and suspend umpires for bad calls just like players and managers get fined, suspended and released for bad play or bad behavior.
I’ve been suspended from my job before and it makes you think. It makes you do your job better.
There Jim. I did my job.