Umpire Jerry Meals Screws Over Pirates Because He Wanted to Go Home

If there’s one thing I know about umpires, it’s that we shouldn’t know their names. As long as they’re doing their job well there’s no reason to know anything about them.

Unfortunately Jerry Meals no longer falls into that category.

Meals made one of the worst calls of the season Tuesday night, sending the Braves home with a win over the Pirates in the bottom of the 19th inning. Check out the video to see the play:

What was Meals’ excuse after the game? This was his explanation:

“I saw the tag, but he looked like he ‘Oléd’ him [like a bullfighter waving a cape at a bull] and I called him safe for that,” Meals said. “I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area. I’m guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened I didn’t see a tag.

“I just saw the glove sweep up. I didn’t see the glove hit his leg.”

Meals didn’t see it because he didn’t want to see it. The game lasted six hours and 39 minutes. It was 1:50am in Atlanta when the game finally ended. Who didn’t want to go home by that point?

Still, it’s no excuse to screw one team over with an awful call. As Pirates manager Clint Hurdle put it, “The game deserved better.”


No need to end a game on a horrible call just because you want to go home. That’s the sort of thing that will land you in the same category as Joe West if you’re not careful, Meals.

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  • Gene

    Meals should have gotten himself into a better position to see the play.  His was the worst view.  The other two angles clearly show the tag being made.

    Definitely shades of West.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I just saw this article now when mentioned inn another article, but I can still give my two cents worth.

    For someone with “9 years of journalistic experience”, your understanding of baseball umpiring is certainly lacking. Bad call or not, the umpire calls what he sees. He missed the call. Plain and simple. Saying that he wanted to go home or that the game deserved better is an unfair accusation and intellectually dishonest. Everyone loves to jump on the umpires until they themselves actually have to step up and make a call. It’s not as easy as you think. There is nothing dumber than claiming that he made a call because he wanted to go home. That is defaming an umpire’s character and claiming he doesn’t take his job seriously. Even worse is you’re making a claim for which you have absolutely 0 substantiated evidence for. I would expect more out of a real journalist with experience covering sports.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYKICDFSWVF7M7BD2XNUSIWAQ4 John Sanders

    you are a complete d bag miaton, how  do you defend that mentally challenged umpire and his terrible call? you must be a stupid ump yourself

  • Geoff Marolda

    John Sanders,

    How does someone making a rational point exactly make them a “d bag” (sic)? He actually had the most valid point on this article. A guy like Jerry Meals doesn’t make it where is based on him wanting to be home in time to catch the last hour of Sportscenter.  He was in a position to make the call (bad position or good position, it really doesn’t matter) and he missed the call. It happened to be a charged moment in the final moments of the game. I realize you might not have had to make a lot of important or fast paced decisions in your life, but in the .5 seconds it took for him to make that call, I would be willing to bet he wasn’t thinking about going home. I won’t even touch the mentally challenged remark. Whatever point you might have had just got washed away with your own callousness and lack of vocabulary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001689855493 Anmol Alex Walia

    i guess u r the umpire

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KDIUT77FLOVQTCOQIR5PHTROZU huskydog2001

    Well we have just heard from Jerry Meals

  • http://twitter.com/RyanMagby Ryan Magby

    Go be an umpire, make a call where you see one thing and a coach tells you that something else happened… I understand why he called him safe, does that mean he made the right call, no, and he admitted that later, but I understand the call on the field at the time… Sweep tags are the hardest to call, because a lot of the time the tag will not be made… I for one don’t understand why the catcher made a sweep tag when he had the runner out by 7 feet

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X6GWZDLJVNF7GFNHMAVBMGB2EU Stain

    Dude, you’re dumb. 

  • tubaman

     THANK YOU!!!!