The Texas Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, but that was in large part because of one of the worst strike calls of the year — and maybe ever. Texas won the game, 5-4, but it was the final strikeout that left a terrible taste in Rays’ fans mouths.
WARNING: This may be the worst call you have ever seen. It is not for you is you suffer from a weak stomach or if you are a Rays fan. Here is the call in question:
Marty Foster knew immediately after the game that he blew the call and he understood the outrage from Rays manager Joe Maddon.
“I saw the pitch and, of course I don’t have the chance to do it again, but if I did, I wouldn’t call that pitch a strike,” Foster said. “Joe was not violent. Joe was very professional. He was frustrated and I understand. He acted probably the best he can under that situation.”
Yeah, that was about as poor of a call as you can have and it cost the Rays the game.
The fact that Maddon didn’t go completely off the wall and react like a toddler who didn’t get their way is very impressive. My reaction would have been much worse.