After waving off Delgado's home run, ump Davidson admits mistake

Updated: May 19, 2008, 7:55 PM ET
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After losing out on a clear home run ball Sunday for the second time this season, the New York Mets might become the newest proponents of Major League Baseball instituting instant replay.

In Sunday's Subway Series finale, a Carlos Delgado fly ball down the left-field line was ruled a three-run home run for the Mets by third-base umpire Mike Reilly. After Yankees captain Derek Jeter argued, home plate umpire Bob Davidson overruled Reilly and called the ball foul.

Davidson readily admitted his mistake to reporters after the game.

"I [expletive] it up. I'm the one who thought it was a [expletive] foul ball. I saw it on the replay. I'm the one who [expletive] it up so you can put that in your paper," Davidson said. "Bolts and nuts, I [expletive] up. You've just got to move on. No one feels worse about it than I do."

The home run did not end up factoring in the outcome of the game as the Mets routed the Yankees 11-2.

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Mets manager Willie Randolph argued the call to no avail, but it was bench coach Jerry Manuel who ended up being ejected from the game.

"That's what bench coaches do," Randolph told reporters. "The ump told me to shut up and he was looking to bait someone. I wasn't going to argue with him, but Jerry took the bait. Thanks, Jerry."

Manuel explained his actions after the game.

"I had the benefit of the replay," Manuel told New York Newsday. "I thought at that point we were still kind of frustrated with the call. [Davidson] seemed to be frustrated with the call as well."

As far as instant replay, baseball general managers voted 25-5 last winter to explore ways to use it in games, according to the New York Daily News.

Earlier this season, Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran called for instant replay after his April 2 home run in Miami in the team's third game this season was overruled and called a double.

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