Postseason baseball can be harsh for players, managers, umpires, and TV broadcasters. Every play, every decision and every comment is seen on network TV, then replayed, and then analyzed in further detail on sports media throughout the country.
Now that Boston is the World Series champs, we can point out that throughout the 2013 Major League playoffs it seemed that managers making mistakes was the ongoing theme.
As opposed to (for once) the umpires.
In Game 1 of the World Series five other umpires disagreed with umpire Dana DeMuth's generous expansion of the "vicinity play" by St. Louis Cardinal shortstop Pete Kozma in the 1st inning. Kozma tried to catch a ball thrown by second baseman Matt Carpenter but the ball never entered his glove before it dropped to the field.
That play provided increasing evidence that MLB umpires no longer see their initial decisions as falling somewhere between the Ten Commandments and the Magna Carta.
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