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The Seattle Seahawks won on a controversial last second touchdown pass over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football on September 24, 2012.

Baseball is not any different that football with its controversy.

With all the talk about bad referees, fans love to talk, so let's talk about some bad baseball calls, too

New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles

Game One of the 1996 ALCS was in Yankee Stadium and the Baltimore Orioles were holding onto a one run lead in the New York Yankees eighth inning. Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter came to bat and hit a towering fly ball towards the right field wall where the Orioles Tony Tarasco was waiting. Instead of catching the ball, Tarasco saw young Yankees fan Jeffery Maier reach over the wall and catch the ball. Fan interference was not called. The Yankees would go on to win the ALCS and the World Series. The Orioles have not been back to the playoffs since.

Chicago Cubs and Florida Marlins

The Chicago Cubs were five outs from heading to the 2003 World Series leading in Game Six of the NLCS. Luis Castillo of the Florida Marlins hits a popup down the left field line where the Cubs left fielder Moises Alou is waiting to catch it for the second out in the top of the eighth. Yet, several Cubs fans including Steve Bartman reached over the rail and Alou can't catch it. Castillo and his Marlins go on to score eight runs in the eighth and eventually win the NLCS and the World Series.

Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels

In another playoff series, the Los Angeles Angels and the Chicago White Sox had another controversial play. Tied one to one, in the bottom of the ninth, Angles pitcher Kelvin Escobar struck out White Soxs catcher A. J.Pierzynski. However, umpire Doug Eddings called the third strike, but not the out since Escobar's pitch hit the dirt before it was caught by the Angels catcher Josh Paul. Pierzynski headed to first. The White Sox won 2-1, then won the ALCS and went on to 2005 World Series

Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce

Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga had 26 down and the 27th batter hit a soft roller to first. Galarraga clearly beat the Cleveland Indians Jason Donald earning Galarraga the perfect game. The only problem was umpire Jim Joyce called Donald safe and not out. After the game, Joyce said, " I just cost that kid a perfect game."

As fans, we can certainly blame the umps for our teams misfortunes.

It's just part of the game, right?

Phillip Jackson, a long time baseball fan, has been living in Phoenix since 1981 and a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks since the team was awarded circa 1996. Follow him on Twitter @Pjacksonaz

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Sources

MLB.Com

Baseball-Reference.com

ESPN.com Game Recaps

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