Peavy: 'It's a crying shame... it's a joke'

October, 27, 2013
10/27/13
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ST. LOUIS -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy was long gone from the game by the time it was decided on a controversial obstruction call in the bottom of the ninth, but he was seething afterward in the visitors' clubhouse at Busch Stadium, and had some choice words for home plate umpire Dana DeMuth, who Peavy thought was the one who made the call on Will Middlebrooks as Allen Craig tried to advance home for what turned out to be the winning run.

Peavy When you watch how hard these two teams are playing, and what it takes to get to the World Series and what it took for us to climb back into this game, it's just amazing to me that it would end on a call like that.

-- Red Sox Game 3 starter Jake Peavy
“I cannot believe you make that call from home plate,” Peavy said. “I’m beat. I’m out of words. I don’t know what to say. I think it’s a crying shame a call like that is going to decide a World Series game. It’s a joke. Two teams are pouring their hearts out on the field and that’s the call you make.

"It’s a joke. I don’t know how he (DeMuth) is going to lay his head down tonight. When you watch how hard these two teams are playing, and what it takes to get to the World Series and what it took for us to climb back into this game, it’s just amazing to me that it would end on a call like that, that’s not black and white. I don’t know what else to say.’’

The replays show that third base umpire Jim Joyce signaled obstruction almost immediately once Middlebrooks and Craig got tangled up, but Peavy said that neither he nor his teammates heard Joyce say anything. He placed the call -- and the blame -- squarely on DeMuth, who made an erroneous call in Game 1 that was quickly overturned by the rest of his officiating crew once they convened in the infield to discuss it.

Asked if he thought the umpires should have done the same thing again Saturday night, Peavy said, “Sure. He (DeMuth) has already proven that he can not see things correctly in Game 1. (He missed) a pretty obvious (call) 4 feet in front of him. It would have been nice to have a meeting of the minds.

"You could kind of tell when he (DeMuth) was pointing to third what he was calling. I hope he rests well tonight in his hotel room knowing what he did. That is a joke, an absolute joke. I’m sorry. Go to talk to him and ask him if he feels good and right about his call to end a World Series game on a diving play... it’s just beyond me."

Peavy, who gave up two runs and four hits in the first inning but battled back to pitch three scoreless innings following that, vowed, “We’ll bounce back. We’ll be ready to go tomorrow. It’s just too bad.

“You have two great, great baseball teams playing out there, and you had such a great game tonight, that was a phenomenal game tonight, all the way down to the final play. Guys just absolutely pouring their heart out, and for it to end like that... I don’t know how anybody can say, ‘Yeah, that’s how it should have ended.’ Go find me one person that’s OK with that call, other than Cardinals fans, because they won the game."

Jackie MacMullan

ESPNBoston.com columnist

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