By my count, the umps have cost the Yanks five runs today. The home plate ump blew a third-strike call to J.D. Drew, and thus, Jason Varitek was able to hit a grand slam. Had the call on Drew been made, Varitek isn’t up.
Then, just now in the bottom of the 8th, Posada throws Jacoby Ellsbury out by a foot, but the ump is in no position to see it. Ellsbury scores. While I know this sounds like sour beans, the truth is that baseball has instituted instant replay in a ridiculously arbitrary way.
Anyway, the Yankees were going to need to score 13 to win. Let’s see if they can hold the Sox at 13 and come back. Again.