Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Word from the men in blue
Posted May 17, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated May 17, 2009 at 06:37 PM
The umpires had a number of issues to touch on with a pool reporter following the game.
Crew chief Tim McClelland, doing the talking for the group, said Eric Wedge brought the lineup snafu to the attention of plate umpire Ted Barrett and the matter took so long to sort out because they were trying to make sure they had the proper interpretation of the rule.
He also obviously had not seen a replay—or didn’t acknowledge it—of Ryan Garko’s fly ball in the eighth, which was erroneously ruled to have been legally caught by Carl Crawford. It actually hit the top of the wall first and should have been a double.
“Obviously, we saw he caught it,” said McClelland. “It went off his glove and then he caught the ball. That’s what we decided as a crew.”
And finally, on the nastiness late in the game, McClelland didn’t share the view of the Rays that Kerry Wood’s pitches to B.J. Upton were obviously intentional.
“I don’t think they’re going to hit somebody to put a runner on second base,” he said. “Cleveland’s not going to hit somebody to move a runner up to second base or throw it to the backstop, which they did, to put a runner on second base in a two-run game. A base hit now and an extra run scores, so you have to take a look at the situation. So in my judgment, I don’t think he was throwing at him. On the reverse of that, when Percival hit DeRosa, it’s a [0-2] pitch, and they’re not going to hit somebody intentionally and put him on first base and bring the tying run to the plate. So even though it might not look good, you have to take into account the situation and what’s going on in the game.”
He added that despite the warnings issued after the benches cleared, Percival “has the right to throw inside, and he has the right to be able to hit the guy—not intentionally.”