Longtime manager Joe Torre, now baseball's executive vice president for operations, was a regular in the World Series interview room during his years managing the New York Yankees .
But Torre, who jokes that he now supervises many of the same umpires who ejected him several times in his career, paid a visit to reporters Sunday for an entirely different reason after questions arose surrounding a blown call at first base Saturday night by umpire Ron Kulpa.
Kulpa incorrectly ruled Matt Holliday safe on the back end of a double play in the top of the fourth inning. And instead of having two outs and nobody on, the St. Louis Cardinals went on to score four runs to get a jump-start on their 16-7 Game Three win.
Like everyone in the park knew, including Kulpa after the game, Torre admitted the call was wrong and that Kulpa missed the swipe tag by Texas first baseman Mike Napoli. But Torre was upset that a pool reporter asked if the fact Kulpa was a St. Louis native had any influence...