Umpire really wants to call strikeout, resists at last moment
Yes, Derek Lowe's pitch was very nearly a strike, but I don't think that's why home-plate umpire Bill Miller was so close to ringing up Carlo Villanueva on Thursday.
In a gig where you have to wear all black during the summer, make split-second decisions with only the naked eye and get yelled at by overly theatrical managers, calling strike three is a rare opportunity for emotional release.
The pitch tracker shows that the 0-2 pitch was low and Miller was correct in rethinking his initial impulse. Ultimately, it didn't matter -- Villanueva struck out swinging on the next pitch, rendering the whole affair moot.
But hey, we'll always have the GIF.
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