One of the longest games ever played by the Atlanta Braves against the Pittsburgh Pirates in MLB history lasted for almost seven hours. Julio Lugo of the Atlanta Braves made the slide not touching home when it was called a safe play at the plate in the 19th inning giving the Braves a 4-3 win over the Pirates. Some baseball fans say that this might be the the MLB’s worst call ever and for good reason. Pirates’ player Michael McKenry made the tag well before Lugo could even touch the plate.
The call was protested by Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle. The game was really anybody’s game and we need to give credit to each team for giving their best efforts. Home plate umpire Jerry Meals explains that the tag may have gotten Lugo but he mentioned that he never saw the tag come first so he had to rule Lugo as safe.
Meanwhile Pirates player McCutchen had some thoughts to say about the game. “It was awesome,” he said. “It was fun. It was like backyard baseball, no rules.” Now the MLB’s worst call ever happened on July 26 between the Braves vs. Pirates only proves that MLB needs instant replay or better officials. Perhaps fining official for blown calls would prevent such bad calls.
Likewise, MLB’s worst call ever between the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates is just one of the many games that will be remembered in the history of MLB.
Check out the Jerry Meals blown call Video between the Braves and Pirates on July 26 and you be the judge.