Collins 'impressed' by umpire's apology

Collins 'impressed' by umpire's apology

Collins 'impressed' by umpire's apology
PITTSBURGH -- Mets manager Terry Collins received a surprise Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre, when umpire Brian Knight approached him to apologize for a critical blown call in Saturday's game. Knight sought out Collins after incorrectly ruling Mike Baxter out at second base on a would-be double, dousing the Mets' most promising opportunity in a two-run game.

"That doesn't happen very often," Collins said of Knight's apology. "I was pretty impressed by that."

Collins' main contention was that Knight should have asked for help on the play from the first-base umpire, who had a better view of shortstop Yunel Escobar's phantom tag. But Knight told Collins that he was not allowed to seek assistance from another umpire, leaving Collins in a rage.

Had Knight ruled Baxter safe at second, the Mets would have had two runners in scoring position with just one out. As it was, they had a runner on third with two outs, and lost the game to the Blue Jays moments later.

"Nothing needs to be said," Collins said. "We all know what the result was, and it's past us. There's nothing we can do about it now."