There is a reason umpires don't wear names on the back of their uniforms: Nobody should know their names.
“You know what, I will not ever sit here and criticize an umpire," Martinez said. “I’ve known Lance for a very long time and he’s really good. And that’s all I’m going to say about it. I’m not going to sit here — I know there were some choice words, but that’s just in the heat of the moment. They’re doing their job, and they do it really well. That’s why they’re an umpire in the World Series.”
"Wake up!" was the call from Martinez.
“It can be frustrating when you’re not getting borderline calls and then you see some borderline calls go the other way. But that’s part of the human element of the game," the Nats closer said. “It’s tough, but it’s still part of the game. It should’ve been a walk to Robles, and — I don’t know. I think what we can’t do right now — and I don’t think anybody in here is using it as an excuse or a crutch — but it can’t be something we’re thinking about. I don’t think it’s going to be, knowing the character of this team. You’ve got to turn the page and come out ready to go in Game 6. Whole new ballgame.”
There will be a different umpire behind the plate for Game 6 in Houston (and Game 7, if necessary) and hopefully, for the Nationals can