By Christopher Smith
---- — BOSTON — Daniel Nava was thrown out at home plate trying to score on a fly to short left field against the Tampa Bay Rays last July here at Fenway Park.
Nava got under the tag of Rays catcher Jose Molina but home plate umpire Jerry Meals botched the call and admitted his mistake after examining the replay following the game.
That call left many Red Sox fans and players scratching their heads and wanting replay in Major League Baseball.
Well, MLB instituted instant replay this season but players and fans continue to scratch their heads in bewilderment wondering how umpires can botch calls.
Just like last year, the Red Sox had another close play at the plate today against the Rays. Dustin Pedroia slid home appearing to beat Molina's tag. He was ruled out by first base umpire Toby Basner who was covering the plate for home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor.
Red Sox manager John Farrell appealed but the umpirea ruled there was not enough evidence to overturn the call as it was unclear whether Pedroia touched home.
The Red Sox lost 2-1 to the Rays yesterday — the same score in Meals/Nava game they lost to the Rays last year.
Red Sox starter Jake Peavy viewed the replay on the videos inside the clubhouse. He said he has no doubt Pedroia touched the plate during his slide.
"If it's close they seem to stick with the call," Peavy said. "It's hard for me to talk right now without absolutely going off. As many times as it happened in New York, these are deciding ballgames. It's extremely frustrating. We as a whole, MLB, got to get our act together because this is a joke.
"It's embarrassing for fans and everybody can see — of course he touched the plate," Peavy added. "He slid dirt over the top of the plate."
The Red Sox have won just one of five manager challenges so far.
"I don't know what's going to happen but something clearly has to happen," Peavy said.
Peavy was asked if he thinks maybe the umpires don't want to show up one of their own by reversing a call.
"I just want explanations," Peavy said. "'We didn't have the replay' is what we got in New York. Come on. Then we're not ready for replay if that's the case. And then today — on a call that's obviously close, I'll give it you that it's close — but … what I think we all saw, which was him touching the plate before, it's just extremely frustration when that decides ballgames.
"We agreed to replay to get the calls right," he added. "That's the reason we agreed for this to happen. And to not get them right, I don't want to hear anybody's explanation. I know what I see. … Dustin Pedroia was clearly safe."
Peavy said he was a proponent of replay.
"Who isn't supportive of getting calls that decide the ballgame, is what we try to do," Peavy said. "If these calls decide the outcome of the game, let's get them right. I have no problem with slowing the game, even stopping the game, for that to happen. When you go through that and you don't get the call right, which has happened on numerous occasions against us, I don't know how you want us to have a good attitude."