Umpire Chad Fairchild seemingly missed a strike-three call during the Mets-Braves game in New York on Monday, but he didn’t miss the chance for an unusual exchange with the player who threw the pitch. (Watch the video below.)
Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt fired what appeared to be a third strike past Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson in the fifth inning with the Mets ahead, 2-1. Fairchild, however, called it a ball. The SNY broadcast team said Fairchild “clearly missed” making the correct call.
Fairchild apparently agreed. As Bassitt walked off the mound without allowing a run in the inning despite walking Swanson, Fairchild pointed at the pitcher and tapped his belly in a “my bad” gesture.
Bassitt said afterward that he also apologized to Fairchild for showing him up by heading toward the dugout after the call.
“He said he was wrong. I said I was wrong,” Bassitt said. “I was like, all right, move on.”
While the umpire’s open admission was unexpected, the “exchange of mea culpas” between player and ump was rare, ESPN noted.