Tim McClelland is a very good umpire who had a shaky night in Game 4. He was the ump whose out call in the Pine Tar incident turned George Brett berserk, and he was behind the plate for David Wells' perfect game at Yankee Stadium.
And tonight, he had two rough calls at the otherwise calm third base spot, which the umps refer to as the "rocking chair.'' Here's what he said, first about calling Nick Swisher out on appeal, when replays appeared to indicate that Swisher had tagged up properly.
"In my heart, I thought he left too soon,'' McClelland said in the interview room, which, in itself, was a classy thing to do.
That took a Yankee run off the board in the 4th. And then, there was that bit of bizarre-ness in the 5th, when Posada - trying to get in a rundown, although Cano was already on third base - was tagged out.
But Robinson Cano also took his foot off the base, and was tagged by Chone Figgins - though McClelland didn't properly call it a double play.
"I thought Cano was on the base,'' McClelland said. Posada had already veered off, but McClelland anticipated that both players would stay on the bag at once. It never happened.
"When he tagged Cano, I thought Cano was on the base,'' McClelland said. After viewing replays, "it showed Cano was off the bag when he was tagged. I did not see that for whatever reason. So, obviously, there were two missed calls.
"I'm just out there trying to do my job, and do it the best I can.''