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Maddon considers the gesture routine for landmark baseball moments. This one ended up symbolizing his attempt to move on after home plate umpire Marty Foster’s botched call on a game-ending strike three bailed out Nathan.
Maddon blocked the umpires at their exit to the tunnel after Monday night’s 5-4 loss, could be seen mouthing “That can’t happen in a major league game” and tweeted the same thing soon after the game.
Less than 24 hours later, he appreciated Foster acknowledging he missed the call on the full-count pitch, both in a conversation with the manager and a statement to reporters.
“I really respect him a lot for checking in about that,” Maddon said. “For me, for us, it’s over with. I think it shows a lot on his part.”
Ben Zobrist said he wasn’t angry when the call went against him. He was too shocked _ so stunned that he put both hands on his helmet and yanked it off, then somehow just gently placed it on the ground.
“I felt no anger whatsoever toward Marty or toward the call,” said Zobrist, who thought he had drawn a walk that would bring Evan Longoria to the plate with the tying run at second base. “I was honestly just questioning it like, `How did you make that call? What happened?’”
But it still made some rounds late Monday _ Zobrist got his share of texts about it _ and was part of the buzz for national talk shows Tuesday. A bemused Zobrist watched some of that from the Rays’ clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark.
Oh, and Zobrist said he slept fine.
“It would have been tougher if I had swung a bad pitch,” he said.
Nathan said his postgame texts were all congratulatory for his milestone save _ nothing about friends or family not believing what they just saw. He didn’t believe it, since he was caught on camera saying “wow” as he was greeted by catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
But he’ll take it.
“We’re not going to see this as a huge break for because there will be some that go against us,” Nathan said. “We’ll just take this as it is _ a win.”
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