Jake Peavy really, really upset over latest Red Sox replay controversy

Rob Bradford
May 01, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Following the Red Sox' 2-1, Game 1 loss to the Rays, starting pitcher Jake Peavy -- like many in the Sox clubhouse -- took serious issue with the umpires not overturning the call of Dustin Pedroia being called out at home plate in the seventh inning. According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, first base umpire Toby Basner initially ruled that Pedroia -- who was coming in from second on David Ortiz's hit off the left field wall -- had missed home plate. After reviewing the play, crew chief Dale Scott ruled the replay was inconclusive, upholding Basner's call. The Red Sox now have won just one of their five challenges. The major league average coming into Thursday had teams successful in their challenges just 45 percent of the time. Here is what Peavy had to say after the loss: On how he's feeling: "Anytime you lose, it's frustrating. It's really frustrating when you lose and you feel like we did score two runs in the ball game. That's the thing I'm having a hard time with right now." On if he saw the replay: "I did. I watched it from in here." On if thought Pedroia was safe: "There's no doubt. There's no doubt. Clearly replay -- I don't know. I guess it can't be close. If it's close, they seem to stick with the call. It's hard for me to talk right now without absolutely going off with as many times as it has happened, in New York, these are deciding ball games. It's extremely frustrating. We as a whole, MLB, we've got to get our act together because this is a joke. It's embarrassing for fans and everybody to see. Of course he touched the plate. Of course he did. He slid dirt over the top of the plate. He got tagged after the fact. That stings." On not having success with replay: "We don't seem to be getting any calls, and it's extremely frustrating. I don't know what's got to happen, but something clearly needs to happen." On the problem with replay: "I just don't understand how you can watch replay -- what's the holdup? I just want explanations. 'Oh, we didn't have the replay,' is what we got in New York. Come on. Then we're not ready for replay, if that's the case. Then today, when a call that obviously is close, I'll give it to you that it's close, but wouldn't you err on the side of what I think we all saw, and that's him touching the plate? It's extremely frustrating when that decides ball games, and we agree that replay is to get calls right. That's the reason we agreed for this to happen. To not get them right, I don't want to hear anybody's explanation, I know what I see. You can't talk me into anything different when you see what you see. Dustin Pedroia was clearly safe -- albeit close, but clearly safe. I don't know what else to say." On if he was a proponent of replay: "I was. Who isn't supportive of getting calls that decide the ball game, is what we tried to do. These calls decide the outcome of the game. Let's get them right. I have no problems with slowing the game, even stopping the game, for that to happen. When you go through that and you don't get the call right, which has happened on numerous occasions against us, I don't know how you want us to have a good attitude and be all for it." On why there are so many perceived misses: "Call it like we see it. Get the call right. That's what we can do. I don't know if we're trying to protect people. I don't know what we're doing. But if we can get the call right, that's why I thought it was in place."