Rocco wrote:Man, it's nice to be the team everyone wants to win- you get calls like that. There's no way the runner left early.
And no, I'm not shocked at all A-Rod screwed the pooch. He grounded into a double play in the 1st with runners on. The US's execution with runners in scoring position is Pirates-esque. And no, that's not good.
Yeah I have no idea what it is like to get a call like that in baseball, I am still not sure what to make of it. At regular speed, the first PIP replay, it looked like he left early but as they slowed it down he was definetely on the bag while the catch was made. On a side note though Japan caught a break on the check swing that was ruled a ball but definetely should have been a strike.
I was willing to forgive A-Rod for that first inning at-bat if he would have made up for it in the 7th but that was obviously out of his capabilities.
BTW, nice throw by Randy Winn on that play, he should have just rolled it into the infield and saved everyone the trouble.