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Joe Figliola
May 13, 2006
It's one thing to lose a game fair and square. It's another when you have an umpire that appeared to be dictating the outcome of the game.

Angel (aka "Devil") Hernandez has, for years, been a contstant thorn in the Mets' side. To date, I have never seen more arguments and more controversy whenever this arrogant jabroni is involved in an Amazin's contest. But when you read in the newspapers that he's telling one pitcher (Jose Lima) that his strike zone will be smaller than the more established, prestige hurler (John Smoltz), that action reeks of blatent biasness.

I also don't want to write a sollioquy on the Paul LoDuca play at the plate in the second inning. Clearly, the runner was tagged out before he reached the plate. I'm surprised LoDuca didn't smack "Devil" in the jawbone over that play.

Now I understand why Bears' footballer Steve McMichael knocked Hernandez's play-calling over the p.a. system at Wrigley Field several seasons ago. I think the Mets should be extra mindful of "Devil's" play-calling whenever his crew is in town.

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