Mike Everitt (baseball)
Everitt in 2011.
August 22, 1964 |
Gallup, New Mexico
Over his major league career, Everitt has worked the Division Series seven times (2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012), the League Championship Series five times (2002, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2013), and the 2006 All-Star Game. Everitt has also umpired the World Series twice (2007 and 2009.)
Everitt worked the 2003 National League Championship Series and was the left field umpire during Game 6, in which Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman arguably prevented Cubs left fielder Moisés Alou from catching a foul pop up hit by Florida Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo. Everitt ruled that the ball would have landed in the stands without Bartman's interference, and therefore Castillo was not out. The Marlins proceeded to score 8 runs and win Game 6, 8-3.
During Game 4 of the 2009 World Series, between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies, Pedro Feliz hit a two-out single with Ryan Howard on second. There was a play at the plate and replay shows that Howard clearly - barely but clearly - missed home. However, the ball rolled away from Yankee catcher, Jorge Posada and CC Sabathia, backing up the play, threw to second to try to get Feliz going to second. It was at that point that Mike Everitt signaled Howard was safe at the plate, the correct ruling. Howard had not touched home, but had not been tagged out either: there was no call to make until Sabathia tried to make a play on Feliz, therefore losing the right to appeal that Howard missed home. For this excellent call, Everitt got no recognition, only complaints that he blew the call because Howard missed home.
On August 20, 2013, after the Boston Red Sox lost to the San Francisco Giants on a walk-off walk to batter Marco Scutaro, Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy openly criticized plate umpire Everitt, stating, "The last pitch [called ball four] was a strike...At the end of the day, for an umpire not to make the call to cost us a game, that's extremely unfortunate." Replays, however, indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and correctly ruled a ball.
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