FOXsports- With the Nationals down 9-7 in the top of the ninth inning, Jayson Werth led off with a walk. Daniel Murphy then hit a grounder to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who flipped the ball to second baseman Neil Walker. Werth was called out for an illegal takeout slide, resulting in a double play – even though Murphy had been safe at first base. The call was upheld on a replay review. Bryce Harper than struck out to end the game.
Last night in the ninth inning of the Mets and Nationals game in Flushing, Queens there was some controversy to say the least. Daniel Murphy rips a ball almost past a diving Cabrera who made an outstanding play and then flipped the ball to Neil Walker at second base. Coming in like a freight train from hell was Jayson Werth, who went to make the right baseball play which would be to break up the double play and give your best player a chance to tie the game, which was Bryce Harper who was at the on-deck circle. Werth made a proper slide in my eyes, had reached out for the bag in a bang-bang play, and went to go take out Neil Walker to break up the double play (which every competitive baseball player is taught at some point in their lifetime). It is a baseball play, that has been ruled illegal under the Manfred Era, which is fucking disgraceful, but that is another story for another day. Even if Werth did not “illegally” slide into second base Murphy would’ve been safe, the throw from Walker was not even close.
The law of the land in the game of baseball now is “If a runner does not engage in a bona fide slide, and initiates (or attempts to make) contact with the fielder for the purpose of breaking up a double play, he should be called for interference under Rule 6.01” from official baseball rulebook of 2016. Listen I can understand if Werth went spikes up on Walker, fine call Murphy out because of interference, but that just isn’t the case. Werth made a BASEBALL play and this is the game of baseball right?? Its just unbelievable that this was called in the fashion it was. Of course the umpire to make this call was Jim Joyce and we all know what happened when that guy was trusted for a big time call (Galarraga’s Imperfect Game). Also this is the second time the Mets have benefitted from an illegal slide, last nights win and getting rid of that human trash Ruben Tejada, that was a blessing and it wasn’t even in disguise.
Three takeaways: 1.You cannot try to break up a double play anymore. 2. Jim Joyce does not have the clutch gene. 3. Ruben Tejada is dogshit.