We are not sure if that was a home run in the early innings or not — we think it probably was — but we know that he was not safe at home plate. At a certain level, we can't help but think it was a back-up-I-don't-want-any-trouble call from the home plate umpire, Tim McClellan. He knew the runner didn't touch the plate — kind of amazing play by Michael Barrett — but by the time he realized his call was going to matter, he backed off it. We'd call it "gutless," but it's really hard to be a Major League Baseball umpire; it requires more guts than we, as a human being, have.
Regardless; We congratulate the Colorado Rockies on their postseason appearance. No offense to the Padres, who have to be just dying over having this happen to Trevor Hoffman ... but it's kind of fun having these Rockies here.