Perhaps the time has come for our robotic judges to rule over the highest rulers. At least Cubs fans would be in their laws calling for a technology that theoretically, if not yet in practice, would remove human error from strikes and balls, after Chicago was at the wrong end of one of the worst strikes three connections you'll ever see.
At the peak of the ninth shift on Tuesday evening Tony Kemp had a chance to return Chicago to the game in which they led 4-2. With the runner first and no outs, Kemp stood up against Phillies, who released Hector Neris and quickly dropped by 1-2. The fifth sound of Neris should even the score to 2-2 because it was clearly high outside.
Or at least you, your family, close friends, that one neighbor you hate, and everyone in the world, except for house judge, Marta Foster would think:
It's even better or worse if you're a fan of Cubs. According to ESPN statistics and information, the so-called third hit was a virtually unprecedented event:
Don't tell Foster, damn it! After all, he was also the referee for the next three worst attacks of all time, for which he later had to apologize:
Neris got out of the inning after the Kemp strike, which should not have been, handing Phillies a 4-2 victory to open the series. Phillies fans, as always, were polite about the phone conversation: