Much as I sympathize with the Angels this morning, there’s a rich history of human error playing a key role in determining the outcome of a big game. Doug Eddings has merely added his name to a pantheon that includes Elrod Hendricks and Don Denkinger, and if the umpiring gig doesn’t work out, he can always run for Mayor Of Chicago.
And there’s no guarantee that video replay would provide enough evidence to overturn a decision in every instance, anyway. Really, the Human Element, catch the fever, etc. Every few years, someone is gonna get screwed like that and that’s as big a part of tradition as anything else. Pierzynski did a good enough job selling the dropped third strike that at the very least, he put some doubt in Eddings’ mind.