The MASN broadcast called it “the worst way ever to lose a perfect game.” And yes, indeed, it appeared that Pittsburgh’s Jose Tabata leaned in on a pitch during the would-be final out to rob Max Scherzer of an historic accomplishment. Take a look:
Tabata leans into a pitch to ruin Scherzer's perfect game. https://t.co/C2VhP2cKMb
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) June 20, 2015
Instead, Tabata helped Scherzer make a different kind of history.
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) June 20, 2015
Sure, Scherzer still had a no-hitter when all was said and done. But social media was pretty upset about Tabata’s move, including some fairly trustworthy voices.
Ump should have called Tabata for purposely getting hit. Bullcrap way to spoil the perfecto.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) June 20, 2015
Gotta get my rule book, but ump can disallow an HBP if batter tries, at all, to get hit. Sure looked like Tabata's elbow moved AT ball.
— Thomas Boswell (@ThomasBoswellWP) June 20, 2015
Guessing Jose Tabata is on the phone ordering full-body armor in preparation for his next plate appearance against the Nationals.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 20, 2015
— Jeopardy! Sports (@JeopardySports) June 20, 2015
My phone is blowing up right now. So many texts just calling BS on Tabata haha
— Johann (@NLBeastNats) June 20, 2015
I'm no baseball fanatic, but that performance by Scherzer was unreal! José Tábata should go into witness protection. #almost
— Adam Cianciarulo (@AdamCianciarulo) June 20, 2015
Tabata droppin' elbows like: pic.twitter.com/XlyDR4Boqn
— Shane Dale (@ShaneDaleABC15) June 20, 2015
Tabata pulls a heel move to ruin perfect game. No word if Stone Cold will come in with the beer truck and give him a stunner later tonight.
— Tim Rosenthal (@_TimRosenthal) June 20, 2015
Tabata leaning into the pitch just exemplifies the poor and unsportsmanlike culture created in that city by Crosby
— Scott T. (@NHLFlyera) June 20, 2015
Pirates' Jose Tabata is apparently a big fan of Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In"
— BGrueskin (@BGrueskin) June 20, 2015
@Nelson81 I would be furious if I was a Nats fan. Complete bush league move by Tabata.
— Philly Sports Talk (@_Philly_Talk) June 20, 2015
Still can't get over that classless move by Jose Tabata. Have a little respect for the game kid.
— Jason Pugh (@JPughNBC4) June 20, 2015
If I'm Tabata I make it clear that I never, ever wanna be in the lineup v the Nats for the rest of my career. Next ones coming for your head
— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) June 20, 2015
@plarsen7 Tabata probably least popular guy in Washington since John Wilkes Booth.
— Steve Bullard (@stevebullard) June 20, 2015
@sotoudeh so why would blame Tabata for that? There's an umpire.
— Clinton Yates (@clintonyates) June 20, 2015