Stark: An umpiring era ended last October with unforgettable distinction

From SABR member Jayson Stark at on March 28, 2014:

Dana DeMuth still can’t forget the chaos that erupted after the most famous “safe” call of his life.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia remembers screaming: “What do you mean, safe? He can’t be safe.”

Allen Craig recalls lying in the dirt next to home plate, his sore foot throbbing, not sure whether he had just scored the winning run in a pivotal World Series game.

And Jim Joyce’s heart still pounds a little harder when he thinks back on walking off the field, collapsing into his chair in the umpires’ locker room, looking around at his fellow umpires and trying to comprehend a moment in October that none of them will ever forget.

It’s been five months now. Five months. But the obstruction call that ended Game 3 of the 2013 World Series lives on.

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Originally published: March 28, 2014. Last Updated: March 28, 2014.