To err is human; to forgive, divine.
That axiom holds true in the most upbeat of sporting events. You never expect to see it in baseball where the replay appeal won’t be utilized until next season.
However, in the World Series of 2013, five umpires overruled one bad call.
It was a sight seldom seen in baseball. Usually umpires form a Berlin Wall behind their fellow decisions and send good teams up the wall and into losing frenzy.
Not so in the first game between visiting St. Louis and home team Boston. The umpires did not meet in St. Louis, Louis, to change their mind and forgive their fellow man his erring. They did it in Fenway Park.
The call turned out to have catastrophic impact on the Cardinals, allowing the floodgates to open. Who would have known that a reversed call would reverse the fortunes of the best team in the National League?
The Red Sox look like a juggernaut on the road to glory.
We hate to say the Cards choked in Boston, strangled by the Sox bats and Jon Lester’s shutout garroting. Yet, something else was afoot. If this pressure continues, the Cardinals will hold a conclave under the Gateway to West and black smoke will waft over their chances.
If the Cardinals want to confess their sins, it may be good for the soul, but that won’t win important games in Boston.
Three errors is human; and the Boston crowd, unforgiving.
In the NFL this week, with its vaunted replay system, a bad call was left to waft in the air as the Jets benefited from a ridiculous new ruling imposed by referees at the most inopportune time to teach the Belichick boys a lesson. Pushing shoved the Patriots over the edge.
Suddenly the Patriot fortunes look as benighted as those of the Cardinals. Nearly every disaster in life can be traced to human error or bad judgment.
We have seen both this week for the Patriots and Red Sox, one for a loss and one for a victory.