For those that stayed up, it may have been the most incredible ending for a marathon game. Not because of some spectacular walk off, but for what may rank as the worst call at the plate in the history of the game.
At 6 hours and 38 minutes, Scott Proctor hit into a fielder’s choice to third baseman Pedro Alverez, and Julio Lugo headed for home. Pirates catcher Michael McCenry, who had played all 19 innings, got the ball ahead of the plate. You be the judge. Is Julio Lugo safe at home? Home plate umpire Jerry Meals did and called the game over a 4-3 win for the Braves.
Said Meals after the game:
“I saw the tag, but he looked like he oléd him and I called him safe for that. I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area. I’m guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened I didn’t see a tag."
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