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Red Sox Wish Joe Would Go West

 Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge should have been out twice during his at bat in the eighth inning Sunday night. With the Red Sox up a run, one down and two runners on base.

Boston first baseman Bobby Dalbec muffed a foul pop near the stands, a ball almost any little leaguer would have made with just a bit of help. But no one in the red sox dugout seemed to know the phrase “ You Got Room “ 

After two more foul balls, Judge was struck out on an Adam Ottavino 98-mph heater. He tipped the pitch, Christian Vazquez made the snow-cone squeeze , strike three you’re out. The ball didn’t move a hair until Vazz reached for the ball with his throwing hand, in a million to one shot it fell to the dirt on the transfer. Enter Joe West 

Nope dropped , Vazquez was hung out to dry by the crustiest umpire in MLB History. Who just had to prove that he’s retiring a year too late.  

“I felt like a cat,” Judge said. “I felt like I had nine lives up there.”

Adam Ottavino hung a slider to Judge on the next pitch and he wasn’t about to use up another life, drilling a liner to the left-center gap for a two-run double. The Yankees suddenly were up a run, Giancarlo Stanton came to the plate and promptly sent a ball out of Fenway. Sox Lose 6-3. 

Joe West called this a foul ball instead of a foul-tip third strike that was dropped on the transfer. Not — Billy Heyen (@BillyHeyen) September 27, 2021

The Moral of the story ?

No it doesn’t hold umpires accountable for every decision they make. ( but they should have gotten together to make that call right ) It’s to make sure you seize every opportunity you get. Dalbec makes that play and it’s a very different ballgame. Every pitch – every at bat – every play made or not made affects everything that happens next in this great game. And when you’re not a great team those lapses can and will come back to haunt you. 

Alex Cora: “We didn’t get the job done. It’s very simple.” — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) September 27, 2021

The Sox still hold a wild card spot and have a three game set with the Orioles at Fenway South AKA Camden Yards starting tomorrow, then close out the season with a visit to Washington to finish this rollercoaster of a season against the Nationals. Are they strong enough to grab these next six games and squeeze them in their gloves? Or will they let a chance at October baseball fall to the dirt. 

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