TORONTO – Freddy Galvis understands that sometimes the referees make mistakes in calling balls and strikes. It's a difficult task, human beings are wrong and hitters must learn to cope.
So when he turned to defending Quinn Wolcott's third modest line-up in the fourth loss of Toronto Blue Jays from 11-7 in Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, it was not the location of the pitch. complain.
Instead, the nonsmoking veteran said he was upset that Wolcott continued his conversation with the hunter Mike Zunin all the time in his bats in the first and fourth innings. Galvis said that he had never experienced anything like this before, and that's why he complained, and when the initiative took place over the head of Blue Jays, Charlie Montoio.
"Everybody here is a professional player and everyone must be professionals," Galvis told reporters at Sportsnet and Athletic. "I feel as if the judge was not an expert at this point. Sometimes I know that a judge talks to a hunter between an inning, something like that, but I feel like he spoke in my first shield for my first stick. In my second on the stick he did the same thing, did not stop, talked and spoke and spoke.
"… you hit and hear those who are talking and talking and talking, I feel that you have to have some respect for the game. Everybody is trying to focus, we are ahead of many people and it's a pro baseball. I went back to the video room, to look at the plots and to be balls, I was not angry because they were eggs, I know as a human being, sometimes you will make mistakes, that's not my problem. The problem is, if you do not work professionally. "
Hunters and judges often share a dialogue for a plate, but long conversations are full of unusual conversations. The message that Galvis and Montio presented to Wolcott, who became the 2014 full-time referee in 2014, apparently worked, as Galvis said in his third chat, during which he also fired, "they did not talk too much."
"I think you need to have some respect, because everyone is trying to do your job," said Galvis, who later added: "Sometimes, some plots will be missed, but if that's the case, I'll be kind and crazy, because I'm also trying to do my work. "
Problems with Wolcott were not the only challenge for Galvis's dinner, who in the seventh inning tried to move from second to third when he climbed 0: 1 to Justin Smoak.
But instead of retreating, the ball hit Smoak, which enabled Zune to lift him and take him to the third time, in order to stop Galvisa in third place, which stopped six-time rally.
Galvis immediately pointed to the ground to ask for a repetition that Blue Jays did not request, even though it seemed to have beaten the target.
"Our process said no, from what I heard," Montoyo said of the decision not to provoke him. "We should have, so I think that we need to review our process so that it can be better."
Galvis said: "I think it was close enough [to challenge]. I feel like I put my feet at the base and then I feel the mark. That's why I made a sign of controversy. "
And although the end result from inning is the third base, one of the biggest baseball sins, Galvis believes that he has made the right decision to start.
"I knew that Smoaky was running," said Galvis, when Blue Jaysi reduced Tampa Bay's lead to 8-6. "I see a ball that goes to the ground, I see that the catcher goes in one direction, and the ball is different, so I was fine. It's easy. But the ball struck smoothly and returned to the catcher.
"Anyway, I feel I'm safe. I know it was a risky game, especially with the rally we put up, but you responded to your instinct and I followed my instinct and I thought I was right."