“Let’s move on” – Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt exchanges apologies with umpire after missed third strike call

Mets bench coach Glenn Sherlock lauded Chris Bassitt for how he handled the exchange with Fairchild, a veteran umpire who has worked in MLB.

Chris Bassitt
Chris Bassitt

New York Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt and plate umpire Chad Fairchild extended apologies to each other on Monday night in a rare player-umpire exchange after an apparent missed call. Earlier, Bassitt and his Mets teammates started heading to the dugout in the fifth inning after what the former thought was a called third strike against Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson.

Following this, the Mets escaped the inning unharmed, as the Ohio native Bassitt retired Matt Olson on a popout after walking Swanson and hitting Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch.

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“I knew it was a strike, but at the same time, I think umpires have one of the hardest jobs in the world,” Bassitt said, as quoted by MLB.com. “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.”

“I enjoy when the home-plate umpire checks me” 

Chris Bassitt
Chris Bassitt

Sharing an update on the bizarre incident during the Mets-Braves Major League Baseball (MLB) game, the 33-year-old apologized to Fairchild, believing his strut off the mound constituted “showing him up.”

He said he was wrong. I said I was wrong,” Bassitt said. “I was like, ‘All right. Let’s move on.’”

You can kind of have a human element without the cameras being on you,” Bassitt said. “I enjoy when the home-plate umpire checks me, because I can talk with them almost off the record. I would say umpires are really good at admitting stuff, and they’re way better than I think people give them credit for.”

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