Umpire apologizes to Mets' Bassitt after missed strike call vs. Braves
New York Mets right-hander Chris Bassitt received an unexpected apology from home plate umpire Chad Fairchild on Monday after a missed third strike call in the fifth inning of New York's 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Fairchild tapped his chest at Bassitt between innings after his missed call against Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson caused Bassitt to throw eight more pitches in the frame.
"I knew it was a strike, but at the same time, I think umpires, they have one of the hardest jobs in the world," Bassitt said, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. "I have no problem if an umpire misses a call. That happens. But especially if an umpire just accepts that, well, what am I going to say? It is what it is.
"I say all the time that it was a strike, and then I go back and look at it, and they're right. So I ain't going to be mad at no umpire, I'll tell you that."
Bassitt, 33, was not only accepting of Fairchild's admission, but he also offered his own apology to the umpire for leaping off the mound and celebrating a strikeout that hadn't been determined yet.
"He said he was wrong. I said I was wrong," Bassitt said. "I was like, 'All right. Let's move on.'"