Upon further review, the Yankees thought the best course was to score it an error on the umpire and leave it at that. Even after seeing how a bad call cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game Wednesday night, they weren't big on expanding instant replays. They also felt bad for Galarraga - and the umpire.
"Jim Joyce said he thought he blew the biggest call of his career. My initial reaction was, 'You've worked World Series games,' " manager Joe Girardi said. "My heart goes out to him. It's a shame he feels that way. He has been a very, very good umpire for a long time.''
Joyce went from relative anonymity to notoriety in an instant. The call probably will stay with him forever, the way Don Denkinger's pivotal missed call in the 1985 World Series has come to define his career. "I don't like to see people carry around things that mark them as a person," Girardi said.
The consensus at Yankee Stadium was that as unjust as the ending was, there is no need to start using instant replays for close plays on the bases. "When does it start, when will it stop?'' Derek Jeter asked. "Do you have a flag that you throw from the bench for challenges?"
Jeter is a football fan, but when someone asked about the NFL's use of a challenge system, he said, "You can't compare baseball and football."
As for baseball using replays for more than home run verdicts, he said, "Everybody is complaining about how long the games are anyway."
Girardi referred to the "rhythm of the game," which would be disrupted by multiple replay delays.
Mark Teixeira declined to comment on the replay issue - "Rules are funny, umpires are funny," he said. As a first baseman, though, he could relate to Miguel Cabrera, who went far to his right to field the grounder, probably making it more complicated than it would have been if second baseman Carlos Guillen had been allowed to field it and Cabrera had retreated to first.
"It's tough,'' Teixeira said, "because if he doesn't go after the ball and it trickles through, then everyone is writing, 'He didn't go after the ball.' "
While Girardi thought it was a good idea for Major League Baseball to consider overturning the decision because of the historic aspect, Curtis Granderson, Galarraga's former Tigers teammate, said, "I think it's too much . . . I know there were games that ended on a call - a strike, a play at the plate, a checked swing, a catch, a drop. We'd have to go change those then, too."