Mythbusters: Twins, not Cuzzi, were to blame in 2009 playoff loss to Yankees

  • Article by: DAVID La VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 22, 2013 - 6:43 AM

First of a series busting some of the myths that have grown around Minnesota Sports.

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callmestupidJul. 22, 13 6:18 AM

that's what they'd like you to think, it was an accidental blown call

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Dantes929Jul. 22, 1310:23 AM

Specifically Nathan, then the twins hitters in addition to Cuzzi were to blame. I never get too bent out of shape about 17 runners that we couldn't knock in. Yes, it speaks to poor hitting with runnerts on base but great hitting to put runners on base in the first place. Just one of those things where the hits were spread out instead of in bunches. If the correct call was made maybe the Twins don't score and still lose. Maybe the Twins score half a dozen, win the game, the series and beyond. We do know the call didn't help.

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Dantes929Jul. 22, 1310:29 AM

BTW, it was one of the worst calls if not THE worst call I have ever seen but I don't really think many fans think that call changed things. Its not like in Boston where they blame Buckner for losing the Series. Now there is a myth. I remember rooting for the Sox but accepting that after they lost the lead they were going to lose anyway. Contrary to popular belief, the Sox don't win the Series if Buckner fields the ball. They simply were going to extra innings with homefield advantage and all the momentum going the Met's way. Shrialdi lost that game, not Buckner. Buckner was just the scapegoating on the cake.

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yahmed1999Jul. 22, 1311:20 AM

This was a quantifiable challenge the undermanned Twins did not need. Postseason baseball in Yankeee stadium is not where you need a very avoidable mistake and potentially game changing moment. The reality is that they had the extra 6th man on the crew to specifically to watch the calls on the line and they blew a a clear call. We don't know what would have happened had he made the right call: we could have won, they could have blown us out, we could have won the Seiries-who knows. Did we need the added challenge-no thanks!

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tommyb3Jul. 22, 1312:10 PM

Why is this coming up now, nearly 4 years later??? It would be best if these type of things were just left to fade from my memory! I don't need to see the words Yankees, Cozzi, and bad call in the same sentence or paragraph ever again. For that matter, don't need to see the word Yankees ever!

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bigjimmy007Jul. 22, 1312:38 PM

Cuzzi's call didn't cost us the series. That's a very dead-on conclusion. However, that blown call falls under one of the most grotesque calls I've ever seen in any sport, seeing as how it's a completely black-and-white call with no judgement. However, the Jersey-born-and-raised Cuzzi never even mumbled an apology under his breath.

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bomborJul. 22, 13 2:01 PM

Phil Cuzzi is a life-long northern New Jersey guy. Wonder who he roots for when he's not wearing blue?

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BallFourJul. 23, 13 2:44 PM

None of which changes the fact that it was an awful call. He's basically charged with one thing to do, and he was epically incompetent at it. Should have cost him any chance to ever umpire a post-season game again, and there are, what? 900 post-season games now?

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