Merloni: Loved that umps got together to make right call

Merloni: Loved that umps got together to make right call
October 24, 2013, 11:45 am

RED SOX 8, CARDINALS 1

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In the first inning, Dustin Pedroia slid into second base on a play he should have been out on. But shortstop Pete Kozma couldn't field it cleanly.

Nonetheless, Pedroia was somehow ruled out by umpire Dana DeMuth, despite the fact that the ball was clearly never fielded cleanly and Pedroia was never out.

The umpiring crew got together and did something they never do - reverse the call.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was none too pleased with the reversal, but CSNNE's Lou Merloni loves that the call was reversed and the right call was made.

"All you can do is be thankful that they got the call right, because that's one run in the first inning as opposed to three," Merloni said. "I'll be honest I've never seen that play overrules. I've never seen a judgment play like that overruled.

"I love the fact they got together. Mike Matheny maybe has a right to be upset because Dana DeMuth is just, I don't know, maybe it's incompetence … [Matheny knows they got the call right, which is the most important thing. But I couldn't believe he made that call. EVerybody in the world could see it, and that's why they overturned it."

Massarotti says MLB dodged a land mine there by reversing the call.