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Oct
2
2007

Padres Still Waiting for Holliday to Touch Home

By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (7) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Jack Cobra Archive
(I was going to post this on Epic Carnival, but I can't get on there to post this morning...)

Wow, that's a heckuva way to start the playoffs! For those of you who went to bed early...I'm jealous of you, but you missed a great ending to a pretty good game. Unfortunately, it seems that the umpires have already come into question and that makes me wonder if that is going to be a running theme during the upcoming playoffs. They screwed up a Garret Atkins home run in the seventh inning and then.....I think the Padres are still waiting for Matt Holliday to touch home plate....

Holliday was on third base with no outs after smashing a triple off the right field wall that I showed just how intense these playoff games (although the stats counted towards the regular season) are as Brian Giles did his best Spider-man impression only to come up short. After Todd Helton was intentionally walked, the next hitter, Jamey Carroll, hit a rocket to Giles in shallow right field. Holliday tagged and came to the plate and reached home just as the ball was getting to Padres catcher Michael Barrett, on one hop. Barrett mishandled the ball, if you can believe that, but had surprisingly blocked the plate as Holliday came in head first and tried to swipe the plate with his left hand....and I don't think he ever touched it. The home plate umpire, who had a delayed strike three call all game long, waited a minute before calling Holliday safe and bedlam ensued as the Rockies players came onto the field to celebrate and the trainers for the Rockies came out to tend for Holliday, who had a pretty nasty gash on his chin from sliding head first into home (don't do that kids). The Rockies move on to face the Phillies and the Padres, after leading the West and the Wild Card for most of the season, head home.

If you fast forward to the 1:05 mark of this video you can see the replay of the slide at the plate....

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7 Comments
gianluca said

thought the rockies had blown it after the curse that is Jorge Julio gave up the home run. was a great game.

Jack Cobra said

The poor umpiring combined with the drab coverage by TBS makes me scared about the rest of the playoffs.

You have to give Ernie Johnson someone else to work with besides Cal Ripken. Get someone in there with some personality. It's Barkley who brings that extra ingredient on their NBA broadcasts, they need that for these playoffs.

gianluca said

Cal had some insights and video backup about Peavy's curve ball not curving in mile hi which was neat. The announcers, whoever the hell they were, did follow up nicely on that describing how the Rockies now go with hard throwers they developed (sans Fogg) so I thought that was ok.

The home run call was real tough but home plate not so much.

I have no idea who the rest of the crew is for the other series. Isn't Brenly doing some games?

Jack Cobra said

Brenly will do the Cubs games if they make the NLCS, I believe.

The GM said

Milton Bradley can add that flavor!

Great game. And props for being the first site I've seen that had the video of the finish uploaded. Nice work.

Jack Cobra said

I actually think I'd like to hear what Bradley had to say...that would be interesting...or Sheffield maybe?

Thanks for the props on the video, it is ESPN property though, so I guess they had it first...


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