Braves Beat Pirates In 19 Innings Thanks To The Worst Call In Baseball History (Video)
Approximately six hours and thirty minutes after Tommy Hanson threw out the first pitch of last night’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves, both teams found themselves tied at 3-3 as they headed into the bottom of the 19th inning. By that time most of the people inside Turner Field just wanted to go home, including home plate umpire Jerry Meals. He made sure he would get his wish, as he called the Braves’ Julio Lugo safe at home on a play at the plate for what may possibly be the worst call in baseball history.
Lugo was standing on third base with one out when Scott Proctor hit a ground ball to Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez. He delivered a perfect throw to catcher Michael McKenry, who appeared to apply a sweeping tag to the leg of Lugo well before the Braves’ shortstop could reach home plate. Even Lugo believed he was out, until Meals emphatically signaled safe with his arms.
As the Braves celebrated the victory 6 hours and 39 minutes after the opening pitch, the Pirates players and coaching staff were infuriated, and reasonably so. Replays showed that Lugo was clearly tagged well before reaching home plate, although, most people didn’t even need a replay to assure themselves of such.
One look at the replay below should make two things clear; (1) Lugo was out and (2) Meals just wanted to go home.