Thought it was pretty interesting to read up on yesterday’s Cardinals-Padres Game 1 and see the different interpretations of Padres starter Jake Peavy’s postgame comments. He danced around a few questions about catcher Mike Piazza’s botched pop-up, which may have been the key defensive play of the game because it extended an at-bat for Albert Pujols to crush a go-ahead home run.
From video of the press conference, here is exactly what Peavy said when directly asked about that play, minus a dozen or so "ahhs" and "ums:"
"I mean, obviously I needed it to get made. Just a pop-up behind the? Obviously, those are not the easiest plays to make, you know. But obviously it was a big play because it didn’t get made and two pitches later the guy hits, you know, a 500-foot home run to go up, 2-0. It was a big play. It was tough play, no doubt about it, but, you know, like I said, we didn’t make any breaks for ourselves."
Here’s how it was quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by Rick Hummel, who is up this year for a spot in the sportswriter’s wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown:
"’Obviously, I need it to get made,’ said Peavy, when first asked about it. ‘Just a popup.’ But then he said, ‘I mean, obviously those are not the easiest plays to make, you know.’"
And on MLB.com by Barry Bloom:
"’Obviously it was a big play, because it didn’t get made and [five] pitches later the guy hits a 500-foot home run to put them up, 2-0,’" Peavy said. ‘It was a big play, a tough play, no doubt about it.’"
But here it was in USA Today, quoted by David Leon Moore:
"’Obviously, that’s a play that needed to get made,’ Peavy said of the foul popup that dropped untouched but was not ruled an error. ‘I know those are not the easiest plays to make, but it was a big play. It didn’t get made and a few pitches later the guy hits a 500-foot home run.’"
It strikes me that "I need it to get made," is a completely different thing than, "That’s a play that needed to get made." Am I just splitting hairs here? I wonder if Peavy and Piazza will have to talk this one out before Game 2.
Also, I wanted to point out that we apparently have a definitive answer on whether Pujols’ foul pop hit the netting behind the plate before Piazza tried to make a play on it. Replays appeared to show that it did, but the guy who matters most said it did not.
?It did not touch the net,? home plate umpire Gerry Davis told the San Diego Union-Tribune. ?The ball was in play.?
Glad that’s settled. — Adam McCalvy / MLB.com