Despite the Cardinals playing well and winning 6-3, the postseason's enduring memory will now be of the umpires' performance in their game against the Braves, where a controversial infield fly rule call seemed to squash a Braves rally.
The incident has baseball fans saying the call is the worst ever, but as bad as Friday night was, it's certainly not the worst. Baseball allows the human element to control the flow and outcome of a game, opening the door for mistakes and controversy at even worse levels.
Over the course of Major League Baseball's illustrious history, the umpires who dedicate their lives to making the calls right have often gotten them wrong. Many baseball fans have accepted that mistakes and blown calls are part of the game, but it's a different issue when the calls start deciding the outcome of a game.
Where do they rank all-time among the worst?
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