LOS ANGELES, OCT. 27 -- Umpire Lee Weyer admitted today he missed a call at first base in the seventh game of the World Series and said he favors using television replays in certain situations.
"I know that I missed the one on Tom Herr," Weyer, a National League umpire for 26 years, told KNBC-TV. "I got blocked out on the play. I did not see the play. I thought he would be out."
The play happened in the sixth inning Sunday night with Herr on first base, one out and a 3-2 count on Jim Lindeman. The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins were tied, 2-2.
Lindeman fouled off two pitches with Herr running, then Minnesota left-hander Frank Viola picked Herr off first. Kent Hrbek, the Twins' first baseman, threw to second baseman Steve Lombardozzi, and Herr headed back toward first.
Lombardozzi threw toward first, past Hrbek to Viola, who was covering the base. Herr and Hrbek collided before Herr got back to first. Viola tagged Herr and Weyer called him out, but the replay clearly showed the Herr beat the tag.
Some thought Hrbek obstructed Herr, but Weyer disagreed, saying: "There was no way that was obstruction. Tom Herr went out of his way into Hrbek."
As far as the instant replay premise is concerned, Weyer said: "When something happened like that, when I did get blocked out, I think maybe you could use it. As an everyday thing, no."
He wouldn't back down on his call in the fifth inning of the same game, though, when he called Minnesota's Greg Gagne safe on a close play.
"In my opinion, I'll go to my grave thinking I made the right call," he said.
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