It was Yankees vs. Red Sox and the Umpires on Sunday night.
The Yankees fell to the Red Sox 6-4 in extra innings on Sunday night, with the Red Sox heading to the Bronx and breaking out the brooms in the process, sweeping the Bombers and further extending their second-place lead over New York in the AL East.
As is custom with most Yanks-Sawx series, though, this one came with added controversy: With runners on first and third in the ninth inning, Rougned Odor was called out on strikes on a full count, caught looking at Strike 3 to send the game into bonus frames.
The call was the right one — if umpire Gabe Morales extended the strike zone to include nearby Citi Field.
Full count, two outs, bottom of the 9th, winning run on third, and umpire Gabe Morales blows a huge call to send the game to extras.
This called strikeout to Rougned Odor missed outside by 4.55 inches.
— Umpire Auditor (@UmpireAuditor) June 7, 2021
To make matters worse (or better), ESPN commentator Alex Rodriguez spoke of what a good job Morales had been doing just a few innings earlier, leading to the bizarre and indefensible missed call in the ninth. Christian Vazquez’s frame job didn’t even make the zone, which makes it both more hilarious and sad.
One bad call does not a game make: The Yankees had multiple opportunities to extend their lead or win the game in extra innings, but there’s no denying that a bad miss in a key moment of the game could have changed the outcome.
Understandably, Yankees coaches weren’t happy with the miss: Third base coach Phil Nevin and bench coach Carlos Mendoza were both tossed for arguing with Morales, and catcher Gary Sanchez had a few choice words for the umpire soon after the call.
Once again, baseball fans at large (apart from Red Sox fans) were clamoring for robot umpires and a fix to baseball’s latest, un-greatest issue:
I don’t condone violence but… If Odor had punched that umpire after that botched strikeout, he could retire tomorrow as a Yankee legend. Just sayyyyinggggg. 🥊
— Christina Noelle 🇮🇹 (@CeeNoelle) June 7, 2021
Old Yankee Stadium would already have this umpire’s blood running in the streets. Sad to see what this once great fanbase has become
— #HonkHonk (@ColeyMick) June 7, 2021
— Dave Dyer (@Dave_Dyer) June 7, 2021
Yo that umpire deadass looks to be staring at the Yankee as he calls strike 3, like he was gonna call that shit a strike even if it Wild Thing’d over his head https://t.co/oAZ3O6wDmS
— what a Metstake🏳️🌈 (@ChristinaMets15) June 7, 2021