If it is broke, don’t fix it then, either: a message from Jon Heyman


Jon Heyman hopped on Twitter to deal with you mongrels still fuming over Angel Hernandez’s dumbass botched home run call in last night’s Athetics-Indians game; and boy, did he have some silly things to say.

“it’s a missed call, thats it.”

May 7, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin (left) argues with umpire Paul Nauert (39) in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Yeah, in the grand scheme of planet earth, where we’re having a whole bunch of frightening, catastrophic problems, a mistake made while some humans played a game is of little consequence.

But in the context of baseball, blatantly blown calls by umpires and the weirdly infallible nature of their clearly flawed decisions are some of the most talked about issues in the game.  “It’s just a missed call” is the equivalent of saying, “Yeah, it’s just that dumb problem we have around here that everyone refuses to deal with, despite a clear need to.  What’s so bad about that?”

“would open a pandora’s box.”

Think of all the things that could go right, people! WHY WON’T YOU THINK OF THE THINGS!

Guys like Heyman, who fight so, so hard for you to see them as loyal, spear-wielding guards of baseball, keeping “cheaters” out of the Hall of Fame as if it’s some sort of sacred duty passed down from on high, would definitely see “change” as the equivalent of a mythic box that, when opened, brought about “all the evils in the world.

Yes, it’s not as simple as wrong calls being made right.  And in any solution’s infancy, there will be delays.  But, I mean, look at Angel Hernandez out there.  What is he seeing that tells him – with a chance to view Adam Rosales’ home run ball unlimited times – that it’s a double?  What’s he looking at?

He never has to tell us, ever.  He can go on, defying all logic and sanity, and still get paid, receive vacation time, and never be held accountable.  And that alone makes fixing this seem worth any initial problems, or in Heyman’s world, screaming demons, that “opening Pandora’s Box” would summon.

May 3, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Adam Rosales (17) high-fives on-deck hitter Oakland Athletics left fielder Seth Smith (15) after hitting a leadoff home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (not pictured) during the first inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

“this wasnt the 1st missed replay review”

Ooohhhh, that’s right!  This has happened many, many, many times before, therefore we should be numb to it by now!

I forgot that the best way to solve a problem is to have that problem for a long time until you are so used to the incompetence of a system that you accept it as normal.

Seriously, Jon, who are you talking to when you do the “condescending reminder” thing, here?  Everybody knows this has happened thousands of times.  That’s probably why we’re so mad – that there are plenty of blatant examples of these mistakes and nobody wants to even try to find a way to fix them.

Willful ignorance makes it pretty easy to be a patronizing ass.

“it happens. they are human.”

Yeah, Jon; that’s the problem.  You’re just saying the problem over and over again as if it’s not something we know is the problem.  The ‘human element’ is cute and all, but costing teams games?  Watching that other team celebrate when everyone, from the entire stadium to the national analysts is pretty much saying, “Yeah, they got away with one there,” is a problem.  And an exceedingly, blatantly dumb one at that.

“Boy, there sure is something wrong with this system.  But calm down, you crazy Twitter fans!  Let me tell you again what the problem is.  Did that not shut you up yet?  Geeze, what’s with you people!”

“they just blue it”

Ha ha okay, I’ll give you that one.  You are a legend of comedy.