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Quotable: Ben Revere’s One-Sided He Said-He Said with Umpire Bob Davidson

Jun 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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If not for John Mayberry making baseball history in the 10th and 11th innings, the main storyline from Tuesday night’s 7-3 win could very well have been Bob Davidson’s interference call in the eighth inning.

Davidson, the second base umpire, turned a fielder’s choice into a double play when he called Ben Revere out for over-sliding the bag and allegedly grabbing Marlins’ second baseman Dan Dietrich’s legs.

Of course, that leg-grabbing thing didn’t actually happen, prompting this exchange between Revere and Davidson as told by Revere and Revere:

“Clearly, I did not grab his leg,” Revere said. “I know [Davidson] was standing right there, he said he did see it, so I’m just like, man needs some glasses or something. He says, ‘Interference,’ I said, ‘What’d I do?’ He said, ‘You grabbed his leg,’ I was like, ‘How?’ He said, ‘You grabbed it,’ I was like, ‘My hand’s on the ground.’

“I don’t know, it’s ridiculous. I enjoyed the fans getting after him too.”

That was good, too — according to Corey Seidman’s gamer (linked to above) the sounds of “Bob, you suck” echoed throughout CBP for the remainder of the night.

As enjoyable as it is to read Ben Revere go back-and-forth with himself, Charlie’s response might have been better:

“Bob’s kinda getting a little old,” Charlie Manuel quipped after the game of the 60-year-old ump.

Charlie Manuel — age 69.

  1. Bunk - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Anyone who enjoys comedy should listen to the dopes on the marlins broadcast call that play on MLB.com. The one guy actually said “he should be called out just for sliding head first.” Then they claimed he did nip his leg. My mind was blown

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    • hitnrun - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Well c’mon, you think the Marlins are going to pay real salaries to their *broadcast crew*?

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      • ac - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        I haven’t heard them, but I would take them over fatface anyday.

  2. 2sense - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    That makes 3 clearly blown calls in 3 close or tied games in 3 days. And that’s just in Phillies games.

    It’s really not funny or cute or “doh!” anymore. The “human element” sucks and is clearly determining game outcomes. So it’s determining millions of dollars in player salaries, city revenues and fan support of the game. Can we please get replay going by the All-Star break?

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    • hitnrun - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      The universe will be a blob of heat before you’ll even be able to stop to review a call like this, much less get it overturned.

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    • BenE. - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      I think umpires need to be encouraged to discuss calls like that with the rest of the crew. Too many times, one guy can make whatever call he wants without asking, say, the 1st base umpire what he saw from his angle. I don’t get the vibe that it’s a “crew” as much as a “pride.”

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  3. BAPS - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Honestly… There’s a reason you don’t see guys slide head-first when on the front-end of a double play.

    Let’s face facts here, guys. Just like with the ‘blown’ Kendrick call from Saturday night, the runner should not have allowed for the situation that led to the call. Plain and simple. Revere’s head and right arm both made contact with the leg of the second basemen.

    Grant it, a feet-first slide, if executed propperly, would do more damage. THat’s not the point.

    Not to mention the fact that Michael Young should NEVER be allowed to swing the bat with a runner on first and less than two outs. EVER.

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    • nahroots - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      yeah, he still blew the call though.

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  4. bitlrc - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    revere looks pretty jacked for a guy who hits like a 6 year old

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  5. DSD - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    The reason why officiating sucks in the four major sports these days is simply because of the umpire/referees unions. These blowhards can do a shitty job, throw players out of games whenever they feel offended, blow calls left and right, and still hold onto a job because their union protects them from being terminated. And imagine my surprise when I heard that the MLB playoffs (I’m not sure about the other sports) doesn’t award umpiring crews playoff games based on merit. Now grant it, getting rid of the umpire unions won’t get rid of all the bad calls, but I think everyone here can agree that all 4 of the major sport leagues (especially baseball and hockey) suffer from horrible officiating. I’m not saying to get rid of the unions, but definately a union which shields and protects bad umpires and refs from getting terminated ruins the game for all of us fans watching the game and is a union that is WAY too powerful. I don’t mind the unions being there…Just don’t diminish the quality of the game.

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    • Nick Menta - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      “especially baseball and hockey.” — try watching the NBA playoffs.

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      • DSD - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Ha, unfortunately, I don’t really watch the NBA, but I’ll take your word for it.

      • 2sense - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        Granite, I don’t watch NBA either ;)

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