Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 10/22/14
DATELINE: HUMOR! The hidden ball trick has gone to the ultimate level. When New York Yankee outfielder Dewayne Wise did not catch the ball after going over the short wall in an effort, the umpire Mike DiMuro ruled it was a fair catch. The Wise guy faked the notion that the ball was in his glove and quickly trotted off the field, having ended the inning. It was Yankee chutzpah at its most Bronx cheering best. Alas, a fan had the ball, not Mr. Wise guy. The umpire, to his chagrin, threw anyone out of the game who questioned his acumen. He should have ejected the fan that held up the ball, making MLB look like Major League Blunders. Of course, such cheating has always had a warm spot in the hearts of fans. To wit: the notorious hidden ball trick occurs when the first baseman fakes a throw back to the pitcher after a pickoff attempt. The unsuspecting base runner takes a step off the bag—is tagged and called out. No one cries, “foul,” or “time out.”  The umpire is in on the double deali...
PLAYERS: DeWayne Wise
TEAMS: New York Yankees
1 Comment:
  • Wise did not cheat or fake or lie. He simply did what most players do with the glove...with or without a ball in it: they close it, often pressed to their chest. They are seldom, if at all seen running back to the dug out with their glove open.

    It would be a horribly unforgivable act if Wise had volunteered to show his empty glove to the ump to correct the wrong call.

    This said, I can't help but imagine this ump might even think the glove was empty because Wise had given it to a boy in the crowd...as players routinely do after an inning ending catch.

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