Most controversial calls in playoff history
Fans will be talking about the call in Game 2 of the ALCS for years to come.
No matter what happens in the rest of the American League Championship Series, McCarver is probably right. Because no matter who wins and who loses, these things tend to assume lives of their own, and often they attain a certain strain of immortality. As it happens, the immortal things all seem to have happened since World War II, perhaps because it's only in the last 60-odd years that various forms of photography were sophisticated enough to decisively prove that umpires actually blew calls in critical situations. Just flat missed them.
Here, then, are some of those moments they're still talking about, whether 57 years ago or (in one case) 12 hours ago:
Angels catcher Josh Paul "trapped" a swinging third strike to A.J. Pierzynski, who ended up on first base, leading to Chicago's victory in Game 2 of the ALCS. Story
• Caple: Raw deal for Angels
• Baseball Tonight's take
• Vote: Was Pierzynski out?
• Umpires speak out
• Umpires' transcript
• Sox players about talk it
• Second Guessing: Blame game
• The Pulse: Windy City reaction
• Neyer: History of controversy
• Kreidler: Say no to instant replay
• Jackson: Unring the bell
• Pierzynski: 'A crazy play'
• Crede talks about Sox victory