Umpire CB Bucknor And No Offense Led To Red Sox Loss

The Umpiring Was Terrible, But The Red Sox Have Their Offense To Blame For The Loss

10/9/09 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

If you watched Game 1 of the ALDS between the Red Sox and Angels, you probably are well aware that 1st base umpire CB Bucknor was pretty much terrible. In the play in the picture to the right, Bucknor called Howie Kendrick safe.

That's not the only play Bucknor blatantly screwed up. There's really no reason he should ever be umpiring a playoff game, and this game was proof of that.

Check out the animated gif of a play that was called an error on Red Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez:

As you can see, Kendrick was tagged out in this one as well. Of course, despite having a perfect angle on the play, Bucknor missed the call, and called Kendrick safe.

As bad as the umpiring was, however, the Red Sox can't really blame them for their loss. In the end, the Sox scored zero runs. I don't know about you, but I've never seen a team win a game without scoring a single run.

If the Red Sox want to salvage a split in Anaheim, they'll need to bring their bats to Game 2 against Jered Weaver. The umpires can do whatever they want, but if the Sox only manage to get 4 hits, they'll probably lose again.
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10/13/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

packersangels wrote:
guess it dose not really matter since the angels sweeped them

Swept. The word you're looking for is "swept".

10/13/09   |   packersangels

Pat wrote:
That's 2 bad calls... but let's not let facts get in the way of your little rant.

guess it dose not really matter since the angels sweeped them

10/9/09   |   myladylee   |   16 respect

definitely he need glasses,  terrible night  for the Red Sox, hope tonite is different and better umpires.

10/9/09   |   Chris   |   3 respect

daytonfly2 wrote:
A few bad calls are part of the game, but blatent ones are not.  Finally my Halos got a win, but if the blatent calls disappear and the Sox start playing well i think the Sox would win the series.  These blatent calls did not change the game in favor of the Angels so the calls are not too bad.  But they do need to be eliminated, but there are always bad calls.

uhmm... the first bad call lead to a 2-out 3-run blast to center... so are you sure? The inning would have closed 0-0, that seems like a favoring to an Angel victory. 0-0... 3-0... that is a big difference.

10/9/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

packersangels wrote:
the angels have been the victims of bad calls the past years in the playoffs that have changed the game and some series so boston fans crying over 1 bad call that had nothing to do with the outcome is crazy lackey pitched a great game and boston could not hit the broad side of a barn last night still believe winning game one will be big for the halos and hopefully we can go back to boston up 2 games to 0 .... GO ANGELS!!!!!

That's 2 bad calls... but let's not let facts get in the way of your little rant.

10/9/09   |   packersangels

the angels have been the victims of bad calls the past years in the playoffs that have changed the game and some series so boston fans crying over 1 bad call that had nothing to do with the outcome is crazy lackey pitched a great game and boston could not hit the broad side of a barn last night still believe winning game one will be big for the halos and hopefully we can go back to boston up 2 games to 0 .... GO ANGELS!!!!!

10/9/09   |   RockIt

maybe they were flustered after a few bad calls?

10/9/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

wrote:

Pat, even though the Red Sox didn't score runs, these plays definitely could have changed the final outcome. Momentum is a funny thing, and for a team to survive obvious groin shots on their momentum in the game must have felt like they were trying to stop a freight train by sticking your feet out the side and doing a Fred Flintstone.  

I definitely agree, and some guys might approach their at bat different if they're only down by 1 or 2 runs, as opposed to 5. But at the same time, zero runs is zero runs. Calls like this are out of you their control. Hitting the baseball, on the other hand, is something that the Red Sox could have (and should have) done better.

10/9/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

spinalzo wrote:
Joe West was behind the plate and if I am not mistaken, he would be the crew chief for this group as he is one of, if not, THE senior umps out there.  That jamoke should have found a tactful way to override ol' CB on the second, BLATANT, screw-up but ol' JW ain't got a tactful bone in his body and is firmly entrenched in the Umpire Old School of the umps against the world.
I thought that the umps were "awarded" post season play as a result of a stringent rating system.  Apparently, that is all show and no go like the NFL steroid program.
Also, I think that this is clearly a matter for the Commish to invoke the "best interest of the game" clause and jack CB's sorry butt outta there for the remainder of the play-offs regardless of any hissy-fit the Umps Union might (nay, most definitely will) make.  But we ain't got a real commissioner, do we?

Correct!

10/9/09   |   daytonfly2   |   21 respect

A few bad calls are part of the game, but blatent ones are not.  Finally my Halos got a win, but if the blatent calls disappear and the Sox start playing well i think the Sox would win the series.  These blatent calls did not change the game in favor of the Angels so the calls are not too bad.  But they do need to be eliminated, but there are always bad calls.

10/9/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

I hate it when bad calls happen - but especially during the postseason - hopefully the BoSox can recover and take care of business in Game 2

10/9/09   |   JCAL9   |   59 respect

They may want to see if that ump has money on the series, hate to bring up Donahy, but hay... Blatant calls like that do make you say - hmmmmmm.!!!!

10/9/09   |   spinalzo   |   14 respect

(Edited by spinalzo)

Joe West was behind the plate and if I am not mistaken, he would be the crew chief for this group as he is one of, if not, THE senior umps out there.  That jamoke should have found a tactful way to override ol' CB on the second, BLATANT, screw-up but ol' JW ain't got a tactful bone in his body and is firmly entrenched in the Umpire Old School of the umps against the world.
I thought that the umps were "awarded" post season play as a result of a stringent rating system.  Apparently, that is all show and no go like the NFL steroid program.
Also, I think that this is clearly a matter for the Commish to invoke the "best interest of the game" clause and jack CB's sorry butt outta there for the remainder of the play-offs regardless of any hissy-fit the Umps Union might (nay, most definitely will) make.  But we ain't got a real commissioner, do we?

10/9/09   |   truely   |   76 respect

bo sox fans wasnt saying that the last series when they had the angels at home  umps made up

10/9/09   |   jacksonmacdonald   |   2 respect

 If they can hit the ball and he dosn't ump again the sox should be okay