If memory serves the umpires screwed up the baseball playoffs last year too. Here are some things that that "Human Element" was responsible for yesterday.
1. Providing the San Francisco Giants with the winning run by not calling Buster Posey out trying to steal second.
2. Providing New York with the lead runs by not calling Lance Berkman out on strike 3.
3. Possibly denying us a few extra games as the Yankees are now exceedingly likely to sweep the Twins.
4. Costing Major League Baseball millions of dollars in revenue by (possibly) shortening the Twins series.
Hunter Wendelstedt called an awful game last night. It's never a good sign when even the announcers are complaining about the officiating. He was all over the map with his zone. He noticeably tightened up the zone with 2 strikes. He was a huge factor in the outcome of the game.
What is this, the NBA?
ESK edit: Hunter's strikezone...visual evidence: