Scioscia showed class
Instead of blaming umpires, Angels skipper took high road
I am writing this minutes after watching the Angels lose to the Chicago White Sox on a disputed ninth-inning call by home-plate umpire Doug Eddings. There seemed little doubt the call was handled both poorly and incorrectly by the umpiring crew, and even White Sox fans probably hoped the game wouldn't hinge on that play, but, this being baseball, it did. The White Sox won, and the Series is now tied 1-1.
The amazing part of the story, however, came after the game when Angels manager Mike Scioscia faced the press. I couldn't wait to watch him explode! They were robbed, and who could argue? But wait. Instead of exploding, Scioscia reminded everyone his team didn't play particularly well and, besides, they should have been able to absorb such a call and win in spite of it. He didn't excuse the umpires or say they were right. By implication, he made it very clear he thought the call was bad for a number of reasons. And yet, he refused to blame the loss on that single play, and he refused to take the bait when several reporters tried to get him to do just that. In short, Mike Scioscia cared more about baseball's reputation than a tough loss. What a concept.
In this age where no one seems to be at fault for anything and there is always someone to blame or sue or scapegoat, it was a truly remarkable performance.
I've had split loyalties in this series, having grown up in Chicago but having lived in Los Angeles for the last 25 years; however, it's going to be hard to root against any team managed by Mike Scioscia.
What a class act.
Pat Sajak, longtime host of "Wheel of Fortune," is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.