Thoughts, lists and other compulsive bits about baseball from comedian filmmaker television producer/Red Sox fan Paul Francis Sullivan....
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Thursday, August 18, 2011
Instant Replay meets the Human Element in Kansas City
Last night in Kansas City we may have had the great compromise between people like me who are FOR Instant Replay (because we like to have calls be correct!) and the opponents of instant replay, who evidently think screwing up calls makes the game better and players shouldn't be rewarded for what they actually DO!
Billy Butler of the Royals hit a ball off the top of the wall against Yankees starter Bartolo Colon.
That's what he did.
We all saw it.
Now it may have looked like it went over the fence when it happened, but all the camera angles clearly showed it stayed in the park.
Even the Kansas City announcers were talking about how Butler should be on second base.
Joe Girardi asked the umpires to review it. They did. All the TV crews showed over and over again that it didn't clear the fence while they reviewed it.
The umpires returned... and ruled it a home run.
Even the Royals were laughing knowing that they got away with one.
So there you have it! The great compromise! Instant Replay in use, and the human element screws it up!
By finding the mid ground, the umpires for a perfect compromise that EVERYONE can hate.
Instant Replay opponents can complain about the game being slowed down and the over reliance on technology.
Instant Replay supporters can complain that the call was wrong.
EVERYONE LOSES! Which means everyone wins when you think about it.