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In any other profession, someone who botches so many blatantly obvious calls would be fired in an instant. Bob Davidson however, has somehow managed to stay an umpire on and off since 1982.
Listen, I realize at that point the game had gone 13 innings and folks were getting a little restless, but that's no excuse to make a call so ridiculous that even the broadcasters are dumbfounded after the play.
The Blue Jays did strand 18 runners on base through 14 innings and did everything they could to hand the game to the Los Angeles Angels on a silver platter. All of that not withstanding, once an umpire gets involved and starts determining the outcome of the game, that's tampering in my mind.
Bob Davidson was also behind the plate on Friday's Blue Jays/Angels game and made quite a few questionable calls on balls and strikes as seen below (image courtesy of Brooks Baseball):
the infamous phantom triple play call from Game Three of the 1992 World Series.
And the call involving Yunel Escobar wasn't a simple ball/strilke or safe/out call either. Bob Davidson looked at the path Escobar was taking and somehow deducted that Yunel interfered with Alberto Callaspo's ability to field the ball.
Overall, it was a sloppy game all around; bad baserunning, bad fielding, and of course the God-awful call by Bob Davidson. In one of the most bizarre baseball games I have ever seen, this game had everything.
Once it crept further and further into extra innings though, I guess the Baseball Gods decided they didn't want the Blue Jays to win that game. Thus they summoned the hand of Bob Davidson to do their bidding and declare Yunel Escobar was in contempt of interference.
Oddly enough, the longest game played by the Blue Jays in franchise history went 18 innings on June 28th 2005 against none other than the Los Angeles Angels. For a while there, it looked like this contest was destined to beat that record.
Just knowing that someone as inept at his position as Bob Davidson is so disheartening that it makes me question why umpires are involved in the game at all. It might be better to just abandon umpires altogether and just have the players fight it out on close calls like Base Wars on NES.
It's sad because most MLB umpires are great at what they do, which is one of the most thankless jobs in professional sports. Then there are complete idiots like Bob Davidson that give them a bad name.
All I have to say is get your fucking eyes checked Bob, or hand in your resignation papers.