University of Hawaii baseball coach Mike Trapasso knows he can’t alienate umpires by saying what he might really like to say publicly. Especially this early in the season.
And Trapasso is taking the umpire’s call that helped cost UH’s Monday game as an opportunity to teach his team a lesson about resilience.
I, though, have no reason to not say exactly what I think — and saw.
Josh Pigg didn’t miss the tag. Jeff Henrichs missed the call.
The entire stadium saw it, except apparently for the home plate umpire.
I could only wonder if there were some rule I did not know that caused the safe call, because it was obvious the UH relief pitcher made the tag.
I asked Henrichs immediately after the game, “Did he miss the tag?”
Henrichs’ response: “Yeah.”
Although Henrichs didn’t have a great angle to actually SEE if a tag was made or not he didn’t ask for help from another member of the three-umpire crew.
Even Oregon coach George Horton — who had one of the best angles in the house — told the Star-Advertiser’s Billy Hull, “It was a tough call.”
Translation: “He made the tag and we got away with one.”
Trapasso is right when he says the Rainbows shouldn’t blame the umpire’s bad call for the 3-2 loss after going into the ninth inning leading 2-0. It was just one run, one base. The teams did the rest of it.
But, if Henrichs doesn’t miss that call, Hawaii is probably now 2-2 after splitting its season-opening series against the 16th-ranked team in the country.
Regardless, this is a Rainbows team worth keeping an eye on. Great defense, plenty of live young arms and a lineup with aggressive line-drive hitters.