On May 4, 2009, the normally unflappable Derek Jeter and his manager Joe Girardi were ejected from a game at Yankee Stadium for arguing strikes and balls with home plate umpire Jerry Meals. In that 6-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox, Meals had drawn the ire of the Yankee dugout by calling—as confirmed by video replay—a wildly inconsistent strike zone to pitcher Phil Hughes and Yankee batters. The controversy came on a wet, raw night when people in the stands had sat through a rain delay that lasted over 2 ½ hours to see the first-ever game between the Yanks and Red Sox in the new Yankee Stadium.
Asked to comment on the incident after the game, Jeter said this: “You’re in a no-win situation. I mean, you can’t really talk about the umpires. I really can’t give you anything more than that, because I’m sure it’s not going to be the last time he’s umpiring.”
In Monday night’s Yankees-Blue Jays game, Meals, a 13-year veteran with a reputation among players and managers alike as one of the worst umpires in Major League Baseball, was at it again.
(...)that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the kneecap. The Strike Zone shall be determined from the batter's stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball.
ardgedee: Am I alone in suspecting the ump accidentally on purpose blew the call so he could end the game and go to bed?
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