Pitchers and umpires can either be the best of friends or the worst of enemies.
It depends on the umpire most of the time.
Often times, we may see a pitcher getting into it with the home plate umpire over some missed calls.
Other times, an umpire can be a pitcher’s best friend and give them some pitches that normally would be called balls.
Bassitt threw a pitch to Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson that looked like a strike but was called a ball.
As Bassitt walked off the mound and gave Fairchild a look, Fairchild patted his chest and acknowledged that he had made a mistake.
Love this. Ump acknowledges he made a mistake and Chris Bassitt forgives him for it. A nice, normal human interaction. pic.twitter.com/jLGGyni7Gr
— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) May 3, 2022
Settling The Score
Rarely will you see this during a baseball game.
If a pitcher is really upset about a bad call and lets the umpire hear it, the umpire will ultimately throw the pitcher out of the game more often than not.
But Fairchild took the high road and accepted blame for the situation, which is a classy gesture.
Seeing Bassitt forgive Fairchild for his mistake was even better.
There could have been a big argument with the two exchanging words and Bassitt ultimately being tossed from the game.
But these two handled it like adults and moved on from the situation very quickly instead of bickering with one another.
It’s better to see that than a big argument that would have more than likely resulted in an ejection and maybe even a suspension if Bassitt had made contact with the umpire.
But Bassitt and Fairchild handled the situation like men and put it behind them.