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On This Day In 1983: The George Brett Pine Tar Incident

Exactly thirty-one years ago today one of the most infamous incidents of modern baseball history occurred.  The game involved the visiting Kansas City Royals taking on the New York Yankees.  The Yankees were leading the game 4-3 with 2 outs in the top half of the 9th inning.  George Brett was at bat and hit an incredible 2-run home run off of Yankees pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage.  The Royals were suddenly in the lead by one run.

That is until the Yankees manager Billy Martin left the dugout to speak with home plate umpire Tim McClelland.  Martin explained to McClelland that Brett’s bat had pine tar exceeding the normal length allowed on the bat.  This pine tar place on the upper part of the barrel of the bat would make the bat easier to hit the ball solidly off the bat.  McClelland then measured the bat’s pine tar (which was allowed to be more 18 inches up the bat) with the home plate.  The pine tar was over that length,  McClelland immediately over ruled the play and called brett’s at bat as an out.

George Brett protesting the pine tar call after his 2-run home run was ruled an out.  (Getty Images)

George Brett protesting the pine tar call after his 2-run home run was ruled an out. (Getty Images)

George Brett then stormed toward home plate to confront Tim McClelland.  Brett was restrained by his team mates and was brought back into the dugout.  Due to the umpires call the game was now over.  The Yankees were recorded as the winners of the game by a score of 4-3.  The call was later over ruled and a few weeks later the game was restarted after Brett’s at bat with his 2-run home run counting.  The Royals won that game 5-4.

This is a moment that will live forever in baseball history.  It is also George Brett’s most memorable moment in his Hall Of Fame career.

 

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Top 3 Stories From Week 3 Of The NFL

Week 3 of the NFL season was one of the most unpredictable so far this season.  It also so more controversy over the replacement referees.  It was a very exciting group of games, so let’s take a look at 2centsworthofsports.com’s top 3 stories from this week in the NFL.

The Replacement Refs Blow The Game For The Packers

The replacement referees have been atrocious the season.  They have missed many calls and made wrong ones as well.  On Monday Night the stand in refs made the worst call of the season.  In closing seconds of the final quarter with the Packers leading the Seahawks 12-7 the unthinkable happened.  Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed a pass to Wide Receiver Golden Tate for the win, or did he.  What actually happened was Packers Defensive Back M.D. Jennings intercepted the pass and had it wrestled away from him by Tate while on the ground.  The play was reviewed referee Wayne Elliot who stated ”the ruling on the field stands”.  The Seattle faithful loved it but NFL fans everywhere were outraged.  This seasons referee’s have been horrible and until the lock out ends with the veteran refs we might be seeing a lot more games end this way.

Many Strong Teams Upset By Unlikely Foes

The season has only seen a few up sets during the first two weeks of play.  Week three brought with it many upsets.  The lowly Jaguars defeated the Colts on the road by a score of 22-17, outscoring the Colts 19-3 in the second half.  The Chiefs defeated the Saints in overtime 27-24.  The Bengals beat the Redskins 38-31, with excellent play from their QB Andy Dalton who threw for over 300 yards and had 3 TD passes.  The Titans stunned the Lions 44-41 in overtime.  The 49ers were defeated in the Metro dome by the Vikings 24-13.  The Steelers lost to the aiders 34-31, even though “Big” Ben Roethlisberger had a great game with 384 yards passing and 4 TD’s.  It was a wild and crazy Sunday.  Who know maybe we will see more of this as teams that have been lower level become stronger and more competitive.

Matt Schaub Takes An Illegal Hit And Losses Part Of His Ear

On Sunday afternoon the Houston Texans came into Denver to face the Broncos.  What happened would be one of the most gruesome sights in recent memory. The Texans QB Matt Schaub dropped back for a pass and was tackled by two Broncos Defenders simultaneously.  His helmet popped off and he immediately grabbed his ear.  When he removed his hands from his head he was missing a chunk of the upper portion of his ear.  Schaub showed his toughness and continued to play throwing for almost 300 yards and had 4 TD passes.  The Texans won the game by a score of 31-25.