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Picture: Ruggiano Called Out In Controversial Call Against Tigers

Or maybe we should say, "bad call." Blown call. Horribly wrong call. Whatever you want to call it, that's fine by me. The Rays got screwed over on this one, as I think the below picture makes clear.


If you're not convinced, check out the GIF after the jump. It shows the full play, and how Ruggiano wasn't tagged until well after he'd touched home plate. That run should have scored, which would have kept the game from going into extra innings last night.

GIF courtesy of Cork Gaines from Rays Index:

Instead of admitting his mistake, home plate umpire John Tumpane was not available for comment after the game. The other umpires backed him up, though, saying he did a great job during that evening's game.

Say it with me: we want instant replay.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.