No one really takes much notice of this, but after hearing it during the Red Sox-Blue Jays series (about Roy Halladay, I think), it got me thinking. Why is it okay to talk casually about umpires bending the rules to favour one player over another? You'll never hear any umpire admit it, but announcers, usually in a chuckling tone, say that it's inevitable, "that's just the way it goes".
It occurs (presumably) only on balls and strikes. I've never heard an announcer say that a rookie baserunner had better beat an infielder's throw to first base by two steps or the umpire will call him out. Or that a veteran outfielder will get an out called on a trapped catch. Or that a star's fly ball down the left field line will be called a home run if it's really close to the pole.
While umpires will make mistakes, they should also strive to enforce the rulebook for every player, not just the ones with more than a certain amount of service time. And announcers should, if they bring up the topic during a game, question the appropriateness of such blatant bias.
David Ortiz's right knee is sore -- "[expletive] sore." He banged it up sliding head-first into first base last Friday.
Yes, it was getting better. It wasn't bothering me that much. Well, it was, but not like it is now. It's just sore, I can't really explain. ... When I get a day off because of pain, it's because I'm dying.Manny Speaks!
Various nuggets of info from "Gary from Chapel Hill", including:
* -- From Saturday through Tuesday, the Red Sox did not manage an extra base hit. The three game streak tied the longest by the Sox since at least 1956. The other two three gamers were in '65 and '74.Globe:
* -- It was the first time since '74 that a Red Sox offense has managed only 1 extra base hit over a four game stretch.
Federal authorities are investigating whether the head of the US Marshals Service in Boston assigned deputy marshals, normally charged with tracking fugitives and protecting judges, to ferry Fox Sports broadcasters Tim McCarver and Joe Buck between their hotel and Fenway Park during last year's World Series.