What would post-season, October baseball be without the New York Yankees benefiting from a “questionable” call? Seriously, this is just ridiculous. Umpire Phil Cuzzi was standing right there watching the ball land in fair territory and then bounce into the stands. It should have been a ground rule double. Instead, it was strike two for Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Maurer.
The score was tied 3-3 in the 11th inning with no outs.
Umpire Phil Cuzzi is no stranger to controversy. He has a track record of making controversial calls. He shouldn’t have been anywhere near this game, especially considering that he lives in New Jersey and likely has a bias when it comes to the New York Yankees. Is it a stretch to think that a guy who was born and raised in Newark probably grew up rooting for the Yankees?
I think not.
Seriously, this is a travesty. Because the first round of the playoffs is only five games long instead of the regular seven, blown calls like this one are even more egregious than normal. Coincidentally, the Yankees seems to always seem to be the ones benefiting from something like this.