The Red Sox have shown concern over second base umpire Ed Hickox’ vision after he made a controversial call. Later, Red Sox officials and players mentioned having doubts over Hickox’ depth perception.
Earlier, Hickox told Red Sox that shortstop Jed Lowrie’s foot was far from the second base when he attempted to turn a double play in the third inning. Red Sox eventually lost the game 5-3 to the Mariners.
In spite of Hickox’ decision, Lowrie is adamant that his toe grazed the bag. He is ready to pull out the TV recordings to prove his stance. However, there is no point in crying over spilled milk, as it’s too late to change the decision now.
Later, Hickox called baserunner Kyle Seager safe, helping Seattle to fill the bases with no outs and score two more runs to take the lead 3-0. Fans might be wondering that in a game Red Sox were losing by two runs, Hickox’ call might not have made a difference after all, however that does change the fact that Red Sox task was made harder.
“He said that I was (about two feet) off the base and that . . . he didn’t want to call it but it was so obvious, he had to,” Lowrie said. “I didn’t know what to say. I was shocked, Everybody was shocked.”
Adrian Gonzalez fielded Ichiro Suzuki’s grounder and then threw the ball to Lowrie from the first baseman. Although, Seager slid in late, Lowrie received the return throw off fine but perhaps a bit late.
“I don’t even know what to say. It’s the same thing I do every single time — I kick the back corner of the base and I step back out of the way of the runner,” Lowrie commented.
The Red Sox manager, Terry Francona was visibly disgusted by the proceedings as he walked abck an dforth from the dug out to challenge calls.
“I really thought he grazed the bag,” Francona said in reference to Lowrie. “It doesn’t matter what I think. You’ve got to be pretty sure on that one if you’re going to make a call like that. After you look at the replay, I don’t know how he could be sure.”
Lowrie believes Red Sox still had a chance for victory had Hickox seen the reality. “It gets us an out, it changes the momentum of the inning — there’s no way to say what was going to happen after that if we were going to get that out, but it definitely changes the momentum of the inning,” Lowrie mentioned. He added, “They get that safe call there, still have nobody out and bases loaded.”