LAA closer Brian Fuentes says major league umpires are too frightened to make calls against Red Sox players at Fenway Park:
It seems like some times, especially here and some other places, some guys are timid to make a call. It just seems like that's the way it is. At Fenway. You hear it time and time again from other guys. The same thing happens when they come through. It's something you have to live with. It's either human mistake, or they're scared. It's one of the two.Attention whore Mike Scioscia -- last seen flapping his arms and looking confused and bug-eyed out at the field:
What was the count at the end, 3-4 on Green?Torii Hunter thinks some of his teammates cannot handle the pressure:
[I]f you do this in the regular season what's going to happen in the playoffs? ... We choked every time [LAA's last three losses]. It's not good, but it's good to see who’s going to choke ... Don't let a crowd or atmosphere change anything. Don't show me signs of "soft" - show (guts). I hate to say that, man, but I've got to get my point across.And over at the Halo Heaven blog, they are equally infantile:
... the Red Sox are really not that good when you consider they had to have crooked umpiring allow two strikeouts to not happen, had to call a Boston runner safe at 2B on a dropped transfer and overall handed the game to the Red Sox ... the umps fixed this one on behalf of the MLB ratings crown and the Red Sox got the wink and the nod late.