The Turning Point of the 2014 World Series: A Called Strike Three.

There were plenty of pivotal plays and memorable performances in the 2014 World Series. Great catches, clutch hits and dominating pitching by both teams. But perhaps the real turning point of the 110th World Series between the Royals and Giants was a called strike three by HP Umpire Ted Barrett in Game 4. It occurred in the top of the 3rd inning. At the time, the Royals were up two games to one in the Series and led 4-1. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong ran into trouble in the 3rd inning with a combination of Giants’ misplays, infield hits and bad luck. The Giants were staring into the abyss when Jean Matchi came on to relieve him with two outs and two on. He walked the first batter Jarrod Dyson to load the bases. Royals’ pitcher Jason Vargas was up next and worked the count to 2-2. The next pitch was called a ball. Vargas thinking it was ball four mistakenly took off to first base. Ooops.Oops CROP not Ball 4

Everybody was laughing in the Royals dugout. Heck, they even showed George Brett and Royals GM Dayton Moore chuckling up in the Royals VIP Suite. However, nobody was laughing on the Giants side. Dayton Moore CROP & George Brett Chuckle

So with the count 3-2, bases-loaded Matchi needed to throw a strike. A walk and the Royals would be up 5-1 with the top of the order coming up and who knows how the inning might have ended. The next pitch was inside and looked like ball four when Ted Barrett called it strike three! Whew…
3-2 Pitch
Called CROP Stirike 3!

A few things happened after that. The Giants got a run back in the bottom of the 3rd to make it 4-2. Yusmeiro Petit came in to throw three shut out innings and keep it close for the Giants to comeback. And the Royals never scored another run in San Francisco.

Consider this: If the Royals had won Game 4 they would’ve had a commanding 3-1 lead in the Series. And even with Madison Bumgarner’s shutout in Game 5, the Giants would’ve gone back to KC down 3-2. It all could have ended in Game 6 with the Royals 10-0 rout. Instead there was a Game 7 and Madison Bumgarner became a pitching legend. So thank you Ted Barrett! ;-)

YES! YES! YES!

YES! YES! YES!

YES! YES! YES!

Panic time? No… It’s Panik Time!!

This kid is a gamer!  His line from Game 4 2014 World Series: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R Giants rally from three runs down to win 11-4!

This kid is a gamer! His line from Game 4 2014 World Series:
2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Giants rally from three runs down to win 11-4!

Three Jacks and the Giants Are Going to Kansas City!

The Rookie

Joe "ballgame" Panik hits 2-run blast in 3rd inning off Adam Wainwright to put the G-Men ahead 2-1.

Joe “ballgame” Panik hits 2-run blast in 3rd inning off Adam Wainwright to put the G-Men ahead 2-1.

The Pinch Hitter

Michael Morse comes off the bench to hit an electrifying solo shot in the 8th off of Pat Neshek to tie the game 3-3!

Michael Morse comes off the bench to hit an electrifying solo shot in the 8th off of Pat Neshek to tie the game 3-3!

The Castaway

Travis Ishikawa jacks Wacha for a three-run walk-off homer in the 9th inning and the Giants are in The World Series! Just like the ending to a movie.(The Natural) ;-)

Travis Ishikawa jacks Wacha for a three-run walk-off homer in the 9th inning and the Giants are in The World Series! Just like the ending to a movie.(The Natural) ;-)

SLAMMED! SMOKED! BELTED!

Bandon Crawford's Grand Slam sinks Pirates in 2014 NL Wild Card Game!

Bandon Crawford’s Grand Slam sinks Pirates in 2014 NL Wild Card Game!

Hunter Strickland  thows 100mph fastball past Nats Ian Desmond in NLDS Game 1. "Throw him the heater Hunter!" Hunter Strickland throws 100mph heater past Nats’ Ian Desmond to end bases-loaded jam in NLDS Game 1.

Brandon Belt HR in 18th inning crushes the Nats and crowd in D. C.

Brandon Belt HR in 18th inning crushes the Nats and crowd in NLDS Game 2. That ball was crushed!

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