PITTSBURGH – Pirates president Frank Coonelly issued a statement on Wednesday, a day after his team’s 4-3 loss to the Braves in Atlanta that included a highly controversial call in the 19th inning. In doing so, Coonelly and the Pirates filed a formal complaint with the commissioner’s office over umpire Jerry Meals’ call that ended the game at Turner Field.
Can't blame Jerry Meals here. He had been wearing the home plate gear for 6 straight hours in 90 degree temps in Atlanta. He obviously made up his mind to end the game the next time there was a play at the plate. And he did just that. A lesser man would have done the noble thing and made the correct call and then that lesser man would have missed last call at the hotel lobby bar. Jerry Meals is no lesser man. So keep sticking to your guns Jerry, some of us admire it.