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Jayson Werth looks safe; Nats’ GM draws baseball’s attention

(via Big League Stew)

Jayson Werth looks pretty safe at first base on this ninth-inning play in the Nationals’ frustrating 1-0 loss to the Mets on Thursday, no? (Video here.)

Umpire Phil Cuzzi called him out, the Nats lost the game and General Manager Mike Rizzo reportedly expressed his displeasure. According to the New York Daily News, one ump asked Mets security to “find the guy in the suit,” apparently Rizzo. Rob Kasdon, vice-president of security for the Mets “arrived a few minutes later armed with a Nationals media guide to pore over headshots to identify Rizzo, sources said.”

(Helpful hint: He’s on the cover,...guy with the cellphone.)

Cuzzi had no comment about the blown call, telling the Daily News: “we just gave a full report to Joe Torre [baseball’s vice-president of on-field operations] and he’s going to take it from there.”

Crew chief Bill Miller said through an intermediary, “No comment, contact the commissioner’s office.”

Torre said he hadn’t been briefed as of Thursday night. “I’m looking forward to an interesting morning [Friday].”

After the third out, “it looked like half their team was ready to jump the rail,” Jason Bay joked to the News.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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