ANIMATED: Braves-Pirates Umpire Blows Game-Winning Call (Or Does He?)

Last night the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates apparently played a very lengthy baseball game. I went to sleep long before it ended, since this is NFL free agency megaseason, which drains a man. However, the game ended with a pretty controversial call by home plate umpire Jerry Meals. And by controversial I mean everybody thought Julio Lugo was out.

Here's the video, via Talking Chop:

And here's the GIF, via Bucs Dugout:

Upon further review, Rob Neyer says he's no 100 percent sure Lugo was out after all.

Michael McKenry seems sure, as does Lugo himself, but where do you see clear contact being made? On the inside of Lugo's right thigh? Maybe I'm even more biased than the average Braves fan, who joined right in at complaining about the call, but I could buy the explanation that the catcher's mitt flashed right past Lugo's leg without actually touching it.

An optical illusion!

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.