“The Third Team”: Behind the scenes with the World Series umpires

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MLB Network is airing a cool-sounding show tonight at 9PM. It’s called “The Third Team: All-Access 2012 World Series,” and it features behind-the-scenes audio and video of Fieldin Culbreth, Gerry Davis, Brian Gorman, Dan Iassogna, Brian O’Nora and Joe West doing their World Series thing. A preview:

 

There are one-on-ones with the umps too, including their takes on the job itself. An actual quote from Joe West during the doc:

“I can honestly say, that whenever any umpire makes a mistake, a little bit of him dies inside.”

If that’s true, West is a zombie!

Haha, I kid because I’m a kidder. And because, really dudes, Joe West makes a whole bunch of mistakes.

Beyond that, though, this does sound like a cool doc. Check it out.

Joe Maddon ejected in eighth inning of NLCS Game 4 after umpires overturn a Wade Davis strikeout

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon was once again ejected from an NLCS game, this time in Game 4.

In the top of the eighth inning, closer Wade Davis found himself in a bit of a pickle. He gave up a leadoff home run to Justin Turner, cutting the Cubs’ lead to 3-2. Davis then walked Yasiel Puig. He was able to get Andre Ethier to pop up, bringing up Curtis Granderson. Granderson worked the count 2-2, then fouled off a pitch. And then he appeared to swing through a curve that bounced in the dirt. Catcher Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out, but Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, so it was a foul ball.

Wolf conferred with the other umpires. After a brief delay, the strikeout was overturned and Granderson was given new life in the batter’s box. Only… replays showed that Wolf got it right the first time.

Understandably, Maddon was livid. On the broadcast, one could see Maddon gesturing to the umpires to look at the replay on the video board behind the stands in left field. The argument fell on deaf ears and he was ejected. Thankfully for the Cubs, justice prevailed and Davis struck out Granderson on the next pitch.

It’ll be interesting to see if Maddon makes any political comparisons after the game. He likened the slide rule, the impetus behind his Game 1 ejection, to the soda tax.