When the umpires become the big story of a game, something is very wrong. But that is what happened in tonight’s Phillies – Nationals game starting immediately in the first inning of an eventual 4-3 Phils loss.
With the Nats 19-year old newbie at the plate in the 1st, the home plate ump gave him a walk on a check swing that was not a check swing. Even without replay, you could see that Bryce Harper’s bat did cross the plate.
Understandably, Charlie Manuel was upset. Because not only was the strike obvious, but there was NO umpire at third to call it due to Joe West being ill. As a result, the remaining 3 umpires were on the defensive right away. Manuel had barely yelled a few words from the dugout when the home plate umpire tossed him from the game without hesitation.
So the Phillies lost their manager in the 1st inning and the umpire disgrace rolled further downhill after that. With Shane Victorino on 2nd base in the 7th, Carlos Ruiz smashed a ball right over the 3rd base bag that ...