Great Moments in Umpiring

umpire strikeout call
From pages 20-21 of Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo’s amusing 1988 book Baseball Confidential:

Steve Lyons, White Sox — Lyons says that when he was a rookie, he didn’t know whether to laugh or cry after he questioned Jerry Neudecker over a third strike. “I said, ‘man, that pitch was high.’ And he said, ‘You don’t say that to me. You ask me if that pitch was high.’ So I said, ‘All right, was that pitch high?’ And he replied, ‘Yeah, it was. But I still called it a strike and that means you’re out.’ I ended up laughing all the way back to the dugout.”

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