You may have noticed this back in the looooong, extra inning Cubs loss to the Pirates back on April 2nd.
Remember when, in the top of the 8th, Nate Schierholtz hit the grounder to Pirate 2nd baseman Neil Walker with the bases loaded?
On ESPN's Play by Play, it looks like this:
But alot more stuff happened than just that green line.
Rizzo and Schierholtz were called out on an apparent double play even though Mercer didn't touch 2nd base.
Normally called the "Neighborhood Play".
But our new guy Rick Renteria ran out on the field and must have claimed that instead of this being a case of the normal "Neighborhood Play", it was actually a bad throw that pulled Mercer off the bag.
And that's something they can now review.
While the review was happening, I think it was Len who briefly explained the concept of the "Neighborhood Play", which is really just a little courtesy the umps do for whoever is covering 2nd base on an attempted double play. They let that guy just be in the "neighborhood" of 2nd base raher than actually touching it, really to avoid the spikes of the runner coming hard into 2nd.
It's really to prevent an injury.
They showed the replay over and over, and yep said the replay camera, it was a bad throw that pulled him off the bag.
Rizzo is safe, Bonifacio scores a run and Valbuena moves to 3rd.
But I thought it was more complex than that.
I thought that if you're Neil Walker, that's actually the perfect place to throw the ball.
Not right on the bag, because you know Mercer's gonna neighborhood it.
You throw it off the bag so it's easier for Mercer to catch.
Now, I don't know that for sure, but it makes sense.
But the replay said bad throw, and I'll bet every manager heard about it too.
And I'll bet that they're gonna say to their infielders that you better throw the ball to the bag, which I bet will sort of negate the courtesy of the "neighborhood play", which may result in some injuries we don't need.
Not saying that instant replay is bad.
It might be more complex than that.
6:05 start tonight, Cubs vs Pirates at Wrigley.
Edwin Jackson vs Charlie Morton.