LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 21: (EDITOR'S NOTE: IMAGES HAVE BEEN DIGITALLY DESATURATED) Manager, Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait during Photo Day on February 21, 2009 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
During yesterday's Tigers-Red Sox game, Mike Aviles appeared to strike out swinging for the third out in the second inning. But, home plate umpire Jeff Nelson said the ball was a foul tip that catch Gerald Laird didn't hold on to, which numerous replays showed was an incorrect call. The call was upheld by first base umpire Bill Welke. Aviles would later hit an RBI single that at bat, and it was followed up with an RBI double by Daniel Nava, and a run-scoring infield single by Dustin Pedroia to give the Red Sox a 4-1 lead that they wouldn't relinquish the entire game.
Post-game, Tigers manager Jim Leyland (who was ejected in the third inning for arguing the call, along with third base coach Gene Lamont) absolutely went off, mostly on the media for not holding the umpires accountable for their bad calls. Truth be told, in the ESPN recap of the game, the call is called a "mistake" as opposed to what it actually was: a complete and utter travesty. Leyland has a pretty good point with his rage, in that the umpires are rarely held accountable by the mainstream media for making rather obvious mistakes like that one. And because Leyland criticizing the media mainly, and generally left his criticism of the umpires to "it was an awful call", he'll provide avoid a suspension too.