Was this one of the worst calls of the year? Or was it just an incredible pitch?
For the last out of the game, Nathan struck out Ben Zobrist looking. Sounds decent, right?
Sure... except every single person in the ballpark, including Nathan and Rangers catcher AJ Pierznski, were convinced that it was ball 4. Probably because Pierzynski had to dig it out of the dirt, about 4 inches off the outside corner of home plate.
This wasn't a strike in any way, shape, or form. Yet home plate umpire Marty Foster still called it strike three, ending the game.
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Even Nathan could be seen saying "wow" as he came off the mound. This was an absolutely atrocious call, and could have drastically changed the course of the game. The Rays had a runner on first base, and a walk to Zobrist would have given them 2 men on base with Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce coming up next.
Was this a truly bad call? Or will anyone try to say that Foster made the right call? It had an awful lot of movement, but I'm just not seeing a strike there.