I know a lot of Tigers fans were upset with the umpiring of Game 163 last year. Most notably, the complaint was due to home plate umpire Randy Marsh missing Brandon Inge apparently being hit by the ball in the 12th inning with the bases loaded. The Tigers went on to blow the opportunity to score any runs that inning, and the Twins won in the bottom half of the frame.
It turns out, Tigers fans weren't the only ones thinking about the call the weeks after it happened.
On his DetNews blog, Tom Gage recorded this gem from Tigers manager Jim Leyland:
In a WFAN-New York interview on Friday before a charity roast for Don Zimmer in Connecticut, Jim Leyland said he got a call from umpire Randy Marsh "three weeks into the off season" to apologize for missing the one-out pitch with the bases loaded that hit Brandon Inge in the playoff game against Minnesota.
So, how does that make you feel?
Our friend Partha had a FanPost with his feelings, found here. I'll quote him:
it's just throwing it in my face, and your faces, too, the fact that the ump who failed to make the right call in a tremendously pivotal moment of what would turn out to be the ultimate game of theseason knew that he had screwed up so badly, he felt moved to call the manager of the team he had so royally screwed over, and apologize.
Partha went on to say he was not happy about the apology, because Marsh should have made it to all the fans of the team who invest so much emotionally only to have it taken away by his mistake.
And I completely understand why Partha and other fans feel that way.
But I have to say, I was never as upset over the lack of call there as some others. Yes, it is a game-changer. Yes, you want the umpires to get 100 percent of their calls correct. And so do they.
It was a tough call to make. Inge wore his jersey loose in the first place, and the ball barely touched it as it was. That's not an easy call to make if you're Marsh. But he obviously felt he should have made it differently, so I'll cut him some slack.
Honestly I was madder at the Tigers for their inability to get a run home from third base when there was just one out. I wasn't surprised by it. That was a season-long problem. But instead, Inge grounds out, thenstrikes out. The Tigers were the Tigers. Frustrating as they were all season, but with much more at stake.
We all wanted them to win the division. Goodness knows, I will never watch that game again. But I cannot blame the umpire for the loss when my own team failed at execution so poorly with so much on the line. And let's not forget Game 163 should never have happened; Detroit had a seven-game lead in the division in September. Marsh's call alone didn't make or break the season.
I just don't see it as that big a deal.
But that's just my take.
Does Marsh's apology to Leyland make you think about Game 163 differently? Or the Tigers' season? What about Marsh?
How do feel about everything today?
Randy Marsh apologized to Jim Leyland for failing to give Brandon Inge the hit-by-pitch in Game 163 last October. How does that make you feel?
This poll is closed
Happy and vindicated. I knew Inge was hit, I'm glad Marsh admitted it.
Mad. Marsh got the call wrong when it mattered most, and the Tigers lost the game.
I don't care now. The past is the past and nothing will change that.
I never cared. The Tigers should never have let the season come down to one call in the first place.