Getting tagged for four runs in the ninth against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, Yankees closer David Robertson blew a save chance for the first time since taking over for the great Mariano Rivera. Robertson got into trouble after surrenduring a pair of hits and a walk to the Rays. He struck out Carlos Pena before a sac fly off the bat of B.J. Upton enabled the tying run to score.
Our Yankees fans pictured above are reacting to the call on this 1-1 pitch from Robertson to Upton. Upton tied the game on the next pitch. The home plate made the correct call, the pitch was a good six inches outside. What I humbly submit to you is that perhaps our Yankees fans’ shared inessential disbelief is really symbolic of something greater than a called ball two.