Situation: Top of the 8th, Yankees losing 2-1, Gardner on 3rd, Jeter on 2nd, Swisher at the plate, no outs — Big time spot in the game.

With two strikes against him, Nick Swisher appears to check his swing on a ball thrown in the dirt by Blue Jays Jason Frasor. Without seeking input from his colleague at 3rd base, home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman rules that Swisher had swung. Joe Girardi was then ejected for arguing.

Fortunately, the Yankees went on to win the game, but a bad and stubborn decision by the umpire could have proved very costly. What was the harm in checking with the 3rd base ump?

Nick Swisher