Philip Humber, meanwhile, sank to the bottom of a Chicago White Sox dogpile, having just completed history's 21st perfect game with a 4-0 win at Safeco Field.
Whether or not Ryan went around on Humber's outside-the-zone slider on a 3-2 count is a point that could be argued forever and I recommend reading Jim Margalus on South Side Sox for a good breakdown of the final pitch. But a lot of credit should go to Ryan, who dropped the controversy as soon as he left the field and immediately cut off any attempts to solicit any juicy quotes about Runge's ruling.
He instead focused on the 96-pitch gem that Humber had just thrown, even giving a tip of the cap to the gutsy call for a slider on the game's final pitch.
"I don't even want to talk about [the call]," Ryan said. "I will say that was a pretty outstanding game [Humber] threw. He had his slider working, obviously, and pounded the zone, kept his pitch count down. Pretty outstanding stuff from him today."
Then Ryan looked around at the reporters surrounding him in silence.
"Everyone wants to talk about the check swing, huh?" he said.
Ryan's check swing was so close that any call probably comes from the eye of the beholder. It's hard to blame Runge for ruling the way he did. If he calls a ball there, his name becomes synonymous with Jim Joyce's and he's likely leading every sports show for the next week.
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But in these days of 24/7 sports coverage with little room for gray area, Runge also could have found himself in the middle of a controversy had Ryan decided to ignite the tinderbox by complaining about the call after the game. Ryan instead simply chose to tip his cap to Humber and the White Sox, which should earn him a tip of ours.
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