Something Something, Umpire Felates Game

Ryan_howard_madSource: AP

Last night I asked readers on Twitter to come up with a title for today's post.  Most of the responses included something with felatio, umpires, and Chris Wheeler.  I'm somewhat disturbed.  Either way, most of the responses were right on point.

For the second night in a row, an umpire is the focus of discussion.  On Monday, Greg Gibson botched TWO portions of a play at first base.  Ryan Howard both tug Michael Bourn and forced him out of the baseline.  Gibson missed both calls, while Bourn went on to score the winning run.  Last night, Howard was ejected by minor league umpire, Scott Barry.  Barry is a fill in and decided to make himself the story in the 14th inning.

When the Astros appealed Howard’s 0-1 check swing, Barry called it a strike.  Howard, mad at himself, placed his hands on his hips.  Barry decided to mock Ry How, which didn’t sit well with The Big Piece.  Moments later, when Barry was appealed to for strike three, he called Howard out.  Howard flipped (rightfully so) and got ejected.

This forced Raul Ibanez to first and Roy Oswalt into left.  In the span of a few minutes, Oswalt entered that weird Philly lore for new guys who do cool things- see Mike Sweeney’s passion, Sal Fasano’s Fu Manchu, and Matt Stairs’ blast in 2008.  While all this provided a swell moment, the Phillies lost the game.  They lost when Oswalt grounded out to third base in the 16th inning.  Howard would have been up in that spot.

While we’re not going to pretend that the umpires cost the Phillies both of these games (Werth being distracted by a tongue and the Phillies only scoring two runs in 16 innings don’t help), the last two nights showed the characteristics we dislike the most about officials.

More, Larry Anderson's must listen-to reaction, and video after the jump.

There’s three levels:

1)       Bad call- we’ll boo, but typically understand.  And even appreciate acknowledgement.  (See Joyce, Jim)

2)      Unwillingness to seek help- the thing fans were most upset about on Monday, was Gibson’s refusal to get assistance.  Another umpire may have seen one of the two ways Howard got Bourn out.

3)      Upstaging the game- the worst of all.  Barry made himself the story by confronting Howard on strike one.  Even if Howard directed his gesture at him, Barry needed to let it roll of his shoulders.  He is a rookie umpire and can’t mock one of the biggest and most accomplished stars in the game.  He's done it before too.

It’s reason three that will cause today’s ire towards umpires.  The Phillies, in the heat of a pennant race, were cost an opportunity to win and pick up a game on the Braves, all because a fill-in umpire couldn’t handle himself.

That is why Larry Anderson was so pissed.  Must listen (click to play).  Audio via (@Phylan).

[] – Larry Fucking Anderson – UMPPPPPSSSSS

Watch the video via  MLB has it too.


15 Responses

  1. this was one of the most ridiculous calls i have EVER seen. i sincerely hope someone attacks scott barry in today or tomorrow’s game. or that he takes a foul ball to the face/balls…i’ll be happy with either

  2. Aside from the 6 runs on Sunday, offense has been impotent since Utley and Howard both returned to the lineup. That’s how they were hitting from late May to late June when Utley and Howard were in the lineup. Maybe time to at least split up Utley and Howard in the order. Bat Polanco 3rd or Rollins 3rd.
    Lost in the ejection is that the Phils have scored 4 runs in 25 innings so far this series vs one of the worst teams in baseball.

  3. What really pisses me off is the fucking smug stare down Barry gives Ryan the check swing before. He deserves a Phanatic tea bagging.

  4. I think that game officials should be held to certain code of conduct and professional demeanor and behavior. They should be unbiased and objective. Scott Barry did not act in a professional way and should be held accountable for inciting Howard’s anger. He’s a bully and nobody likes those.

  5. Thank you so much for the radio call! I was tweeting like mad all night, but I must say, as ANNOYING as 16 innings of Wheels was, there was too much else going on for me to even waste a comment on it last night. I do remember thinking, SHUT UP WHEELS! quite often, now I don’t even remember what he said. Something really needs to be done about this umpire situation. I don’t think instant replay is the answer, but they can’t keep sucking so bad and keep coming back every night. And LA rules!!!

  6. @Barb It says specifically in the rule book (Rule 9.05) “It is often a trying position which requires the exercise of much patience and good judgment, but do not forget that the first essential in working out of a bad situation is to keep your own temper and self-control. …Finally, be courteous, impartial and firm, and so compel respect from all.” There are actually rules for umpires, it just doesn’t seem that there’s anyone to enforce them.

  7. Look there were numerous times when the phillies should have won this game before the ejection of howard. Should they have scored more then 2 runs? yes. Did ryan howard suck ass and go 0-A million in that game? yes. but at the same time there is NO PLACE in the game for an Umpire to get into a dick measuring contest with the star player of the 2 time NL champs who got caught up in the heat of the moment in the middle of a playoff chase in the midsts of an epic game… The game should have came down to howard versus the closer with 2 men on, not ROYO up with the game on the line. An absolute joke!

  8. Not even close to a swing, the UMP was tired and wanted out of the game, sad. He should go back to the minors and get in shape, stop ruining MLB games. Howard had every reason to flip, he RARELY does and this has merit, I would have reacted the same way. Poor UMPing the past 2 days, keep it up and well have the cameras doing your jobs! Fucking morons. Phils need more Offense, but the UMPing sticks out most.

  9. Why does everyone harp on Chris Wheeler? It’s McCarthy who is the irritating one. McCarthy repeatedly gets statistics and facts wrong. At least Chris Wheeler is knowledgeable. Of the two, I will take Wheeler any day over McCarthy. McCarthy is the one who NEEDS TO SHUT UP!

  10. to be honest on both accounts, him not seeking help, he does not have to, both were his calls and no umpire has a better view of what was going on. in regards to two nights ago he definitely blew the base line call that made no god damn sense. in regards to howard breaking the plane, its not a travesty or even the worst call ive ever seen. it might be questionable but if that happened in the third inning in may we are not talking about this. I thought he went and i have seen umps calls less a strike. the call was not that bad and howard, and the ump both over reacted and i assure you the ump will be disciplined just not that we ever here about those.

  11. It would be sad if that ump and is family suddenly went missing… I mean i would be happy, but thats because im a terrible person. I hope that fuck head gets his ass beaten or takes an unfortunate foul ball to the forehead and has to learn how to walk and take a shit again

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