Thursday, September 4, 2008


00:02:15. Two minutes, fifteen seconds. And a little touch of irony.

That's how long it took the officiating crew to conduct the first instant replay review last night. Fittingly, it was an ARod home run that will be remembered as the first reviewed HR as it was ARod's non-HR that kicked off the IR hubbub so many months ago.

"We all believed it was a home run, but since the technology is in place, we made the decision to use the technology and go look at the replays," Reliford said.

The umpires then headed for the third-base dugout where they viewed "several" replays on the monitor according to Reliford.

"And the replays we reviewed were conclusive that the call we made was correct," [Crew chief Charlie] Reliford said. "We had it going right over the pole. All four of us had it going right over the pole on the field. And our views of the replays
confirmed that. It was not inconclusive; it was conclusive that Brian's call was correct.

The crew took two minutes and 15 seconds to make the call.
Ahhh, that wasn't so bad, was it?

Added Reliford: "Everything went exactly like they trained us it would go."


tHeMARksMiTh said...

Wasn't Delgado's homer first? Or this another little brother joke? :)

tHeMARksMiTh said...

I meant first to be controversial not first to be reviewed. I was unclear. Sorry.

Jason @ IIATMS said...


I had to read this a few times to figure out what you meant...

ARod's was the first to be reviewed.

Ron Rollins said...

I still say its a sign of the apocalypse.

Jason @ IIATMS said...

It very well might be, Ron. Or it might just be that we're the frog and someone just turned the burner on.

tHeMARksMiTh said...

I meant that Delgado hit the first homer to be controversial way back in May. His homer started the controversy, and A-Rod's was about three days later. A few months later, A-Rod's was the first to be reviewed. Sorry, I really didn't explain that well the first time.