First base umpire Tim Welke’s version of “out” in yesterday’s Dodgers-Rockies game might very well be the worst blown call I have ever seen. Todd Helton has to be at least two feet off the bag. It’s so embarrassingly bad that it could easily slide into the Naked Gun baseball blooper reel, the one where players get hit by cars and attacked by tigers.
When MLB issues the inevitable apology today, the hope is they keep it short, sweet, and blunt. A simple Bill Walton “terrrrrrrrrrrrrrible” would more than suffice, as would an expanded version of instant replay.
Below are a couple of screengrabs from Larry Brown Sports. They greatly assist in driving home the absurdity:
And of course, the aforementioned blooper reel: