View Full Version : Media deciding which "controversial" plays are bad, and which are adorable

10-13-2005, 11:38 PM
As you all know, the media is running non-stop stories about last night's "controversial" ending. ESPN, and the mindless clowns who vote on their website, seem to believe that not only was the ball caught cleanly, but it is one of the worst calls ever. They also believe that the umpire was more responsible for the Angels' loss than the pitcher who served up a horrible pitch to Crede, and Crede had no responsibility in our win whatsoever.:o:

To the media, this is like a national tragedy. All the mediots are claiming that the umpire cost us the game, the win was tainted, and so forth. There are also several stooges calling for instant replay (although it clearly woulndn't have overturned this call). All this stink was caused because Josh Paul was too ****ing dumb to apply a tag on a ball he may have caught on the ground. This play didn't give the Sox any runs, and it didn't take a certain win away from the Angels.

Now remember back to 1996. The Yankees were playing the Orioles in game one of the ALCS, and 12 year old Jeffrey Maier reached over the right field wall to catch a ball. The ball hit by Derek Jeter was in play, and Maier literally stole the ball from Orioles RF Tony Tarasco. The umpire missed the interference, and awarded Jeter with a homer. This came in the bottom of the 8th inning, with the Yankees down 4-3. The Yankees won this game in extra innings, and took the series in 5.
This was a huge story, but there wasn't a massive outcry from the media. For the most part, the media made it a "cute" and "loveable" story. Maier, who skipped school to attend the game, was made into a hero. His interference (for which he was not thrown out of the park) directly influenced the outcome of the game, and handed the Yankees a run (unlike the play yesterday). Maier made the talkshow rounds (Regis, Leno, Letterman, Conan) and probably cashed in big time. Meanwhile, no talk from the media of bringing instant replay to baseball. Morons like Dayn Ferry weren't talking about the umpire's incompetance, and there was no "tainted win".

It is interesting how the media treated two similar but different stories. The call which gave a run to a team who was down by 1 was "cute", while a call that required a stolen base and a double to amount to a run was a "tragedy".

10-13-2005, 11:45 PM
Yeah, but what you're not taking into consideration is that the Yankees are "America's Team" and for the most part everyone outside of southern Cook county hates the Sox.

10-13-2005, 11:48 PM
With all the talk about memorable blown calls, I'm really surprised no one is talking about Game 6 of the 1985 World Series between the Cardinals and the Royals. Raise your hand if you remember when the Cards were thisclose to winning the World Series when umpire Don Denkinger erroneously called Jorge Orta SAFE at 1st base, enabling the line to keep moving until the Royals snatched the victory, which forced Game #7, Joaquin Andjuar's memorable meltdown and the Cards ultimately losing the Series to the Royals.

10-14-2005, 02:10 AM
Simple explaination as to why this is happening.

No ALCS game thursday night to promote, the big football games (college and pro) aren't till the weekend and they can't really preview them in depth until friday, the NLCS doesn't have any really compelling storylines other than just a preview of the night matchup, basketball is in preseason, that leaves them just hockey to talk about and do you really think they want to talk about hockey?

These lists of controversial plays are not only fun to debate around the ESPN office (as well as at sports offices at other media outlets) but they can easily fill huge gaps in their rundown where normally they would be talking about the Boston Bruins or some other thing they don't really care about.

Lists like these make up the trifecta of quality programming. It kills time, it's easy to make, and it is cheap.

Viva Medias B's
10-14-2005, 07:15 AM
National mediot reaction to Jeffrey Maier play vs. National mediot reaction to Pierzynski play = National mediot hypocrisy.

10-14-2005, 09:14 AM
There was another controversial play back in Game 4 of the 1969 World Series.
In the bottom of the 10 of a 1-1 tie, the Mets had a runner on base. J.C.
Martin came in as a pinch hitter and laid a bunt down. The Oriole pitcher got
to it and threw to first, but the ball hit Martin in the wrist. The interference
allowed the winning run to score. Baltimore yelled that Martin had interfered
and indeed pictures showed that he was running inside the baseline, for which
he should've been called out. Yet I don't now hear the East Coast Media
screaming that the Miracle Mets were less miraculous as a result. The 2005
White Sox won't get the same treatment. You can bet on that.

10-14-2005, 09:26 AM
I agree with all of the above as concerns the media reaction. Furthermore, not four days before, the Angels got a huge call on Cano for running outside the baseline. If the call wasn't made, the Yankees would have had the bases loaded with two outs. The reason that situation is similar to the one from Wednesday night is because the Angels would have had a chance to get out of the inning by retiring the next batter.

10-14-2005, 09:44 AM
A win tonight ends it!