There is a lot of talk on the Internet today about how plate umpire Jerry Meals blew a call during the eighth inning of Tampa Bay's 2-1 victory over Boston on Monday. One person in particular will agree with those critical of the ump: Jerry Meals.
Setting the scene: Trailing, 2-1, the Sox had Daniel Nava on third base with one out in the bottom of the eighth.
One problem: Replays showed Nava was safe, with his foot touching home plate before the tag was applied by catcher
After the game, Meals saw a replay and admitted his mistake.
"What I saw was: Molina blocked the plate and Nava's foot lifted," Meals said. "But in the replays, you could clearly see Nava's foot got under for a split second and then lifted, so I was wrong on my decision. From the angle I had, I did not see his foot get under Molina's shinguard."