The epidemic is spreading.
From St. Petersburg to Minneapolis to the city by the bay, controversial calls are already beginning to overtake the 2010 MLB Playoffs.
He wasn't called that way, though, because second base umpire Paul Emmel saw it quite differently (via Jeff Fletcher of AOL FanHouse):
"I saw him safe. That's what I called."
But while plenty of Braves fans protested on Twitter, no one on the Braves said a peep at the time.
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And not by Bobby Cox (via the Associated Press):
"I haven't seen it," Cox said of the tag play after the game. "Some of the guys came down after that inning and said he was out by six, eight inches. I didn't see a reaction from anyone. From the dugout you can't see anything."
You can't see anything from the dugout? Maybe that helps explain all of those ejections over the years.
The Braves' lack of protest doesn't change the facts of what we all saw. The reality is the call was missed and the game was changed because of it. Another game, another controversy.
Worse yet, we're only two days in.
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