Video: Umpire Cuzzi Fouls Up Joe Mauer Fly Ball

Here’s the posted video of umpire Phil Cuzzi inexplicably ruling Joe Mauer’s fly ball foul last night in the 11th inning of the 4-3 Yankees win in Game 2 of the ALDS series.

Video of Joe Maurer fly ball called foul instead of fair by Umpire Phil Cuzzi in 2009 ALDS at Yankee Stadium

(No instant replay has fans, Maurer feelin’ Minnesota)

Replays show the ball clearly landed in fair territory, bouncing into the stands for what should’ve been a ground-rule double. Instead, Mauer later singled, and the Twins eventually failed to score despite two subsequent hits that would’ve otherwise plated Mauer.

Video and more background on the errant ump after the jump.

This isn’t the first time Cuzzi has been the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. He’s got plenty of history with Chisox Manager Ozzie Guillen, who claimed Cuzzi had a vendetta against him. Likewise the Blue Jays and Cardinals have felt Cuzzi’s screw.

And Friday the Twins got squeezed by Cuzzi.

What’s worse than Cuzzi’s call and C.B. Bucknor botching the Boston-Angels ALDS game the night before is MLB claims playoff umpiring assignments are based on merit. Safe to assume that makes the umpires sitting at home in October all the more blue.

If video deleted off Youtube, it’s viewable/downloadable here.