Worst. Call. Ever.

Pictured above is Ike Davis, and in that picture above, Ike Davis isn’t very happy.

The unhappiness of Ike Davis has little to do with what commonly makes people feel unhappy, like:

  • death;
  • poverty;
  • sickness; or
  • being Jose Canseco.

Ike Davis is displeased with his plight because during last night’s second game of a double header between the San Francisco Giants and his New York Mets, it became apparent that the umpiring crew was no longer interested in working a seventh hour of baseball in one day.

Sadly for Ike Davis, this moment of realization occurred to home plate umpire Dana DeMuth (not a fake name) during Ike Davis’ plate appearance in the bottom of the eighth inning when Clay Hensley threw his second pitch of the at bat.

It looked something like this:

Now, you may be thinking that there was some miraculous spin on Hensley’s change up that caused it to enter the strike zone and then bend almost a foot away from the plate before landing in Hector Sanchez’s glove.

No, that’s not the case.


That red little square, out there on its own, the furthest width wise from the strike zone square is the pitch that I’m writing about. The pitch was approximately a foot and a half outside the middle of the strike zone, or approximately eight inches away from the edge of the strike zone.

Even if we look at the pitch in terms of the strike zone umpire typically call (represented by the dashed line), it’s still a few inches away from anything that’s normally called.

That’s it. That little red triangle that has more in common with the green geometric shape near it than the red ones to which classification it belongs. It’s funny that this would happen this way, because what makes that little red triangle unique is what upset Ike Davis. He felt as though he was treated in an unfairly unique fashion during his at bat, most notably with that unique little red triangle.

Sadly for Ike Davis, such is life sometimes. Circumstances can conspire against you.

Perhaps he can take some solace in that he doesn’t have to deal with:

  • death;
  • poverty;
  • sickness; or
  • being Jose Canseco.

Comments (20)

  1. Does it look like the umpire pats Davis on the head to anyone else?

  2. Haha. Even the umpire feels pity for him due to the call he makes.

  3. Knowing the Mets’ luck and medical staff, he’ll probably be dealing with sickness–or at least injury–often enough.

  4. Hey Parkes,

    I don’t know if you can answer this…

    How accurate is pitch fx?

    - I remember watching game opening day game against Cleveland thinking Perez missed a ton of bats, and then I looked the next day thinking he missed 12 bats, which it said he only missed 4 or 5… I was tempted to go on MLBtv and verify it, but realized that would be taking my fandom to a whole new level of nerdiness…

    - Also, where do they pick the point it hits the strike zone? I mean these charts are 2d when the strike zone is 3d. Do they just pick the point in the cube closest to the centre of the zone?

  5. While the second strike was bad…The thrid called strike was even worse. It was closer to the dirt than his knees

  6. I’m here to defend my poor Ike’s honour. Not only was he robbed of a chance to improve his numbers to the Yahoo yahoos who are abandoning him WAY TOO EARLY IN THE SEASON, he is suffering from Valley Fever (except on bowling nights) and IS A DELICATE FLOWER.

    These kinds of calls can only weaken his immune system and rob his flawless beard of it’s normal luster. Someone needs to be responsible you.

    BAD UMPIRES MUST BE PUNISHED.
    BRING ON THE ROBOT UMPIRES!

  7. Now if you are a student of the game and have a real understanding of the strike zone you know that it is not where the pitch ends up, but where it crosses the plate and that ladies and gentlemen is a real strike in any league with good umps!! Really, guys who sit and squawk are usually the last ones picked as a kid and still harbour hurt that needs healing.. let it go and study the game to help you make accurate statements!!!!

  8. I’d like to see the overhead on that one, it actually looks like it might have caught the front corner

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