It seems that every World Series, there are critical blown calls by the umpires. For the 2011 World Series, Ron Kulpa’s blown call at first base in the top of the fourth inning of Game 3 from Texas, might be a defining moment.
With the Cardinals up 1-0, Matt Holliday grounded into what should have been a double-play. Instead, Albert Pujols was out at second, and Ian Kinsler's throw was wide to Mike Napoli at first base. Napoli applied a swipe tag on Holliday, and tagged him a full step before the Cardinal outfielder made it to the bag. Instead of calling him out, umpire Ron Kulpa called Holliday safe. From there, the inning went south.
Instead of two outs and no runners on, Lance Berkman cleanly singles to move Holliday to second. Freese then doubles on a sharp grounder, pushing Holliday across the plate, moving the score to 2-0.
One play can alter an inning, or a game. As of publishing, it’s 5-3 Cardinals at the end of 4 innings of play.
See for yourself if Kulpa blew the call. Not even close. Bud Selig is at the game tonight. You think he'll get asked about whether there needs to be increased instant replay in baseball?
Thanks to Daniel Matthews via Twitter
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