BOSTON — The World Series is a terrible place for a persecution complex. The St. Louis Cardinals’ biggest challenge may not be ignoring their own ugly comic play or the brutal 8-1 drubbing inflicted on them by the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series. Their largest task may be, in just one day, to totally erase any sense they were jilted, jobbed or unjustly served by an umpiring crew that did its appointed job: correct its own mistake — in a sport that is still one season from replay — and get a vital Series call correct.
“The umpires told me they wanted to get the call right,” said Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny, his jaw set and words clipped. His shortstop, Pete Kozma, clearly dropped a double-play pivot feed at second base in the first inning. An incorrect call of “out” was made at second base. After complaints by Boston Manager John Farrell and a six-umpire huddle, the call was reversed: all Boston hands safe. Bases loaded, one out, not first and third with two outs. The next Boston hitter, Mike Napoli, doubled in three runs and the Cardinals fell apart thereafter with fielding gaffes and poor hitting.