One of the Worst Strike Three Calls You’ll Ever See Nets Nathan’s 300th Save

No, this is not an April Fool’s joke a week late. The extremely low and extremely outside breaking ball from Joe Nathan was called strike three against Ben Zobrist. And to make matters worse, the pitch – which caused catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s glove to touch the ground – ended the game and snuffed out a Tampa Bay comeback attempt that had seen the Rays score two runs in the eighth and a run in the ninth to cut the deficit to one run.

Congratulations to Joe Nathan on picking up his 300th career save, but as the guys from MLB Network and Joe Nathan himself said about the called strike three…WOW!

Home plate umpire Marty Foster acknowledged he blew the call after the game, and said that if he had it to do over again he would not have called it a strike. The Rays can only hope that they do not find themselves in a position where one win is the difference between a division title or playoff berth at the end of the season, or this will leave an incredibly bad taste in the mouth.

Reaction from the MLB Network crew and an interview with Joe Nathan

React from Rangers manager Ron Washington

React from Ben Zobrist and Rays manager Joe Maddon

About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

3 thoughts on “One of the Worst Strike Three Calls You’ll Ever See Nets Nathan’s 300th Save

  1. Mr. Blogs, I’m somewhat surprised at the tone of your article. In your prior life as an umpire, I’m taken back at your criticism of this “bad call”.
    Haven’t you ever made a bad call before? So, please before any one else criticizes a “bad call”, let those individuals see how difficult it is to call balls and strikes.
    BTW, you were a good umpire.

    • I usually give umpires the benefit of the doubt, but I can’t in this case. That’s a bad call at the Little League level. It’s a horrendous call at this level. If anyone knows of a worse call than this, let us know and we will post it for comparison sake.

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