Monday night in San Francisco, Delwyn Young and Pirates teammate Garrett Jones teamed up for an incredible play. The Giants’ Randy Winn flied to shallow right. The ball hit Jones in the leg, but he was able to kick it up in the air, allowing Young to lay out and make a bare hand snag.Â
It truly was aÂ “did you see that” moment!Â
Unfortunately, the umpires didn’t see it.
They ruled the ball hit the ground.
If you haven’t seen the replay yet, here it is below, found via Detroit4Lyfe.com. (The play happens at the 0:23 mark.)
Video: Incredible Catch by Delwyn Young off Garret Jones’ Leg
What’s that? A replay?Â Oh yeah, something we have at our disposal but are ignoring.Â Why are we not using replay again?
Too bad for the Pirates duo.Â The catch of the year. The blooper of the year. The “oh wait, there’s no instant replay so it’s just another cool play” of the year.Â Damn.Â This “highlight to end all highlights” lost some luster just because baseball wants to dip its toes in the replay pool before jumping all the way in.
Currently baseball uses replay to verify home run calls. Plus, it’s up to the umpires to check.Â On the other end of the replay spectrum is the NFL, the new American pastime. The NFL uses every camera angle available on all sorts of calls. Just get it right, that’s what counts.
Baseball is already too long, you say?Â How about we go halfway.Â Don’t add any replay unless a red flag is thrown. Yeah that’s right, a flag. Minnesota skipper Rod Gardenhire wants to borrow a page from the NFL rulebook and give each manager a challenge flag.
Works for me.Â If we had that in place, maybe the Pirates would have had their one moment in the sun this year (they of course lost the game by the way). Fans just want the call right.
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