I know what you’re thinking. This has to be one of those optical illusions or visual phenomenons, like when the empty pop can looks like it’s rolling uphill. Or, when you look at one of those grids and you think you see black dots at all of the corners.
Here’s another angle of that very same play:
And here it is, in motion:
I’ve waxed poetically before about why I like human umpires calling a non-standardized strike zone, but the same romantic grey area simply doesn’t exist when it comes to safe and out calls.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s always room for interpretation and some understanding for limited perspectives, but … Todd Helton is like three freaking feet off the bag. Come on.
At least some good came out of this horrible call. Most notably, this tweet:
Tim Welke living every San Francisco Giants fans dream of just calling whatever the hell they feel like against the Dodgers.
— Stuart Jones (@HeHitsItDeeeeep) May 2, 2012