Giants Twitter erupts as season ends on bad strike-three call originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Giants' 2020 season ended Sunday in disappointment and anger.
The disappointment was understandable. They missed a golden opportunity to make the expanded NL playoffs in a year they were supposed to be in rebuild mode.
But the anger was a bit harder to swallow. Home plate umpire Rob Drake ended the Giants' season with a terrible third-strike call on Austin Slater, who immediately threw up his hands in disgust. The Giants lost 5-4 to the San Diego Padres.
Rob Drake was awful all afternoon. Ended the game (and season) on this pitch. Bring on the robots. pic.twitter.com/jZeLTD1IMg— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) September 27, 2020
If the Giants had beaten the Padres, they would have punched their ticket to the playoffs and traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in the Wild Card round beginning Wednesday.
Manager Gabe Kapler was visibly upset and barked at Drake from the dugout.
As for Giants fans? They were livid and let Drake have it on Twitter.
Let's check in with Angel Hernandez to get his take...— Michael B. (@MWBond007) September 27, 2020
Rob Drake with two brutal strike 3 calls on Dubon and Slater. The pitch is not a strike to begin with and considering they were sliders-these pitches were never strikes at all. Adams missed his location badly. Rarely does that get called. Happens twice this inning. #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/1mfk1dLxK5— Jules Posner (@julesposner) September 27, 2020
Terrible job by Rob Drake behind the plate today. Flat out.— Ben Kaspick (@BenKaspick) September 27, 2020
There is no excuse for the #SFGiants missing the playoffs when they had it in their grasp for so long, but that is also no excuse for the national disgrace that is Rob Drake. One of the legitimate worst performances as an ump I have seen in my lifetime.— Alex (@RealSFDynasty) September 27, 2020
Rob Drake proves that one of two things need to happen: robot umpires or give coaches the ability to challenge called third strikes— JK Blogs (@BlogsJk) September 27, 2020
@MLB YOU CANNOT ALLOW THIS MAN TO UMPIRE A MAJOR LEAGUE GAME AGAIN! And this was one of FOUR horrible K calls that he did today.— Yoki Rivero (@Yoki_IsTheName) September 27, 2020
Rob Drake just costed the SF Giants their season. Where's the accountability? https://t.co/f1S2CsfFYp
Austin Slater showed way more composure than I would have on that final strike. Rob Drake needs to go— S. Suzuki (@Airsuzuki) September 27, 2020
That's how you end a season! Fire Rob Drake!!!! pic.twitter.com/zcmZIpuRXw— SFGiantsFan55 (@Fan55Sf) September 27, 2020
literally i am a better umpire than rob drake pic.twitter.com/heQHRlRFxo— shoy (@uyohs_) September 27, 2020
Would you believe this is a strike 3 for the final out of the season?— Lucas Timmons (@lucastimmons) September 27, 2020
Ban Rob Drake from ever going into a @mlb stadium for the rest of his life. Robot umpires now. #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/8GCeBqKbVy
Christian Yelich on whether the final pitch of the Padres-Giants game looked like a strike: "One hundred percent." pic.twitter.com/RY75zPDpDr— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 27, 2020
So, because of Drake's call, the Brewers secured the final playoff spot in the NL and will face the Dodgers in the first round.
It's a brutal way for the Giants' season to end. They'll certainly have a bitter taste in their mouth for the entire offseason.
Hopefully for Drake, he's not assigned to a Giants game early in the 2021 season. They still might not be over what happened Sunday.