Umpires: men whose names its best you forget the moment they’re announced. They’re hoping the same thing, actually. If you know ’em, they screwed up or put themselves in the middle of an ump show and if that happens no one wins.
Well, except for us. We get great content out of big umpiring controversies. Jim Joyce screwing up Armando Galarraga’s would-be perfect game was nearly the most trafficked stuff we’ve ever had. The post in which I wrote about whether or not Bud Selig should reverse the call set the still-standing — and likely always will be standing — comment record here with 585 comments. I mean, that did some business, jack.
Which is to say, yeah, I DO sorta hope someone messes up a big call in this series. Because (a) my team isn’t in it anymore so no one I care about is gonna get boned; (b) the more chaos the better; and (c) it’ll be good for business.
With that in mind, here are the crews that, if we’re lucky, will really step in it: