Wild Card Tiebreaker full of controversial plays


Champaign native Matt Herges

Last night’s Wild Card tiebreaker between the Padres and the Rockies had no shortage of controversial calls.  Of course, once I decided to call it a night was when the real fireworks happened so I missed Holliday’s play at the plate. 

I did see the video countless times and I saw what I saw.  This will make my friend Todd, the umpire happy but as a general.rule, I generally give the umpire the benefit of the doubt.  It’s easy for me to make a call after watching a crappy video taken from considerable distance.  Let’s face it, the man in blue is (hopefully) right on the play and probably saw something I didn’t. 

And in the words of Hall of Fame umpire Bill Klem, “It ain’t nothin’ till i call it.”

The town of Champaign has rights to be proud of their homeboy Matt Herges for his performance last night.  The Colorado reliever pitched 3 scoreless innings allowing only one hit.  Herges was a solid reliever from 2000-2003 but until this year he has not found his groove and has bounced from team to team.  In 2007, he has been lights out for Colorado with a 5-1 record and a 2.96 ERA.  It’s good to see a local make it to the postseason. 

One last thing… Will Tulowitzki’s 4 for 7 performance be enough to propel him to rookie of year?  Will it be enough to eclipse the power of Braun?



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