When two calls at home were overturned by those "guys in New York", I started to really try to imagine who they were.
Let me go back.
It's the 7th inning and so far Seattle starter Wade Miley hadn't given up a hit.
The Cubs looked way to anxious to swing the bat, but whatever.
Dexter Fowler walks, Kris Bryant finally connects with a single, and then Ben Zobrist sac flies them each up a base.
So now Fowler's on 3rd, Bryant on 2nd and Javier Baez hits a grounder to short.
Fowler slides in at home, totally looks out and the ump calls it that way, but Joe Maddon asks for a replay.
Both Len and JD were as surprised as I was when it was overturned by the guys in New York.
Then about a minute later, Miley tries a pickoff throw to first and Bryant takes off for home.
The ump calls him safe but you and I felt queasy when Seattle manager Scott Servais asked for a replay.
The guys in New York overturn the call again.
Anyway, the guys in New York, they're supposed to be able to see enough evidence to overturn the call, otherwise it stays.
On the Fowler score, there was no one shot that seemed to show he was safe - certainly not enough to overturn the call.
But I wonder if the guys in New York can line up two shots time-wise so they can look at two different angles that occurred exactly at the same time.
That way, you could see when the tag was applied and when the hand touched the base all lined up.
Otherwise, I don't get it.
I googled "MLB replays new york facility" and found this story put out by MLB along with a vid way back in 2014.
So, obviously they aren't flipping coins, but I would find it fascinating to see these guys in action.
See what they can do with technology that we can't see on replays at home or at the park.
What we did see was a bummer when Martin hit a hundred MPH fastball for a double and knocked in 2 runs (there were Mariners on 1st and 3rd). Then Martin steals third. Then a wild pitch for another run.
About a minute ago, the Cubs led 1-0 and now it's 1-3.
Then Seattle scores again top of the 9th. the Cubs do nothing in the bottom.
Rubber game tonight on ESPN (so keep a radio next to the tv).
But a must-watch because starting for the Cubs will be nube Brian Matusz who was called up from Iowa as Justin Grimm was sent down.
Man, no idea.
Here's a story from the Trib.
And here's one that's pretty hilarious from the Camden Chat, the kind you've read here when somebody crappy goes to another team and you fear he'll do well.