(AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill. Mr. Met himself reluctantly jogs out to make a half-hearted plea for fan interference on Gary Sheffield's sixth inning HR. After umpires ruled it a HR, Mr. Met forgot to jog back onto the field to dispute the call and get himself thrown out.)
"From the dugout, I didn't think that the ball went out. We have all those rules and the replays, and we have to abide by it. But I just think with the trajectory of the ball, if you have to reach over that railing... I don't think the ball would have gone out of the ballpark. But I've been wrong plenty of times before."
(Manny Acta, via Washington Times, 5/26/2009)
Mets 5, Nats 2: ...Many hours later, and Nationals Enquirer staff have finally emerged from reviewing the video evidence and determined that Sheffield's "homerun" had no bearing on the outcome of last night's game.
13 LOB is the story.
Surprise! Manny Acta emerged from the dugout during the game, and not for a pitching change!
No surprise! Daniel Cabrera is terrible in relief, too.
Austin Kearns is killing the Nats, softly. Josh Willingham, too. Has anyone seen Elijah Dukes?