I think the Fan Interference call on Mookie’s Play was Correct

 

League Championship Series - Boston Red Sox v Houston Astros - Game FourIt’s clear from the video that Mookie Betts was in a position to make the catch, and that the fan obstructed his glove as he was reaching for the ball. The only issue is whether the fan reached into the field of play to interfere, or if Betts reached beyond the wall. He is allowed to reach into the stands, but does so at his own risk, and it would not be considered fan interference. Take another look at those fans… they are up against the wall leaning and reaching forward. Betts is short of the wall, reaching out and up. Here’s the replay to watch:

Look at that slow motion… Betts travels quite a way in the air before striking the fence after the fan makes contact with his glove. It’s still pretty hard to tell for sure, since the fence camera angle was obstructed. A commenter on Deadspin took a crack at breaking it down a little more. TVs_Frank writes:

“The key to tell where the fan’s hands are is that crease in the orange padding. Right before it is where the collision happens, although not exactly since it’s not a straight ahead shot, but it’s only off by a bit.

If we go to roughly the same frame in the other angle we can use that crease to tell roughly where the fan’s hands are coming from and put a line there to represent the wall.

Not a foolproof method, but the fan’s hands are probably at least a couple inches over the wall.”

He makes a good point. Now go back again and watch the slow motion replay, to see where Betts is well off the wall when the fan hits his glove. We don’t have a definitive camera angle, but the person in the best position was actually Joe West, who made the call. He was umpire stationed down the right field line, and had a good look at the play from that vantage point. For what it’s worth, he says he clearly saw the fan’s arm over the playing field.

Now go back and watch the game-saving catch by Andrew Benintendi over and over again… wow!

 

 

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FEMA rates Hurricane Damage on a Waffle House Test

One of the indicators as to how serious a hurricane’s effects are is how local businesses respond. FEMA administrators have found that Waffle House provides a pretty good indicator of how serious a storm is. There’s several reasons for this, not only does Waffle House stay open 24/7, they have thousands of stores and many of them in the Southeast United States, which is where hurricanes frequently make landfall. FEMA refers to an informal metric as a shorthand to gauge how serious a hurricane is. If Waffle House is fully operational, the area is green; yellow if there is a limited menu, and Waffle House is closed, code red means it’s time to panic. Beyond the immediate indicator of danger when the restaurant that never closes… closes, it’s an index of how the supply chain is coming along in the recovery of a storm. More restaurants closed means more area needs recovery. Waffle House may be open on a limited menu, which indicates that not all systems are up and running: and there’s a way to go to get back to green. Waffle house even has their own storm center to track severe weather.

The fivethirtyeight story from a few years ago has the best breakdown. And here’s a video clip for people who like that:

Deland McCullough and the Amazing Story of the Search for his Biological Family

Former Miami running back and coach Deland McCullough sought to find his biological mother and father. He had been adopted as an infant, and ESPN did a great job of chronicling the story of his search to find his biological family…

Golden Home Run: I may never miss Sunday Night Baseball from now on

Holy cow! What a baseball game last night!

Now there’s a debate about what to call a walk off grand slam home run in the 9th inning down to your last out, and your last strike, while losing 3-0. I’m going to dub it the “Backyard Dream” homer. Man, that was fun to watch.

And a week ago, it was just as exciting… I had to stay up until nearly 1 a.m., but I go to see the Red Sox come back in the 9th and walk off in the 10th, thanks to Andrew Benintendi:

Yay, baseball… when it’s good, it’s the best. Going to take my kid to see a game tonight- we’ve only got the single A Fort Myers Miracle in town, but they have been putting on a show, and are playing the #1 Charlotte Stone Crabs, featuring #4 overall pick and two-way player Brendan McKay.

In case you missed it, here’s that Backyard Dream walk off grand slam home run by David Bote- a rookie!

 

Oh, and he got to meet Bill Murray, who was sitting in the front row!

 

 

SNL Killed the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers

You think Golden State and the other remaining playoff teams notice that LeBron… er… the Cavaliers swept the top seed in the East, crushing them decisively in game four last night? It’s no secret that LeBron James is the engine that drives the Cleveland Cavaliers, but last weekend, Saturday Night Live absolutely took down the rest of the team:

While we’re talking about Donald Glover, I should point out that there is a new “Solo” trailer out with some new footage:

I’m stoked!

And in a moment of synergy, SNL ran a Star Wars/Lando Calrissian skit last week:

African Warthog Captured in Florida

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Florida warthog

FWC responded to reports of an African Warthog roaming around St. Lucie County, Florida last month. Several attempts to trap the hog were unsuccessful. A few days later, he was spotted and they tried again to snare trap it. Finally, Officer Bradley Toby had to tackle the warthog, until it could be guided into a trap. Fortunately, Toby only suffered some cuts on his legs. I hope there’s some video of the thrilling capture that gets released at some point!

 

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Unfortunately, the animal had to be put down so they could examine it for disease. There’s no indication how the warthog came to be living in Florida. This is the first I’ve heard of it: though it’s not the first African animal to be caught in Florida… while the Burmese python is the most notorious, there has been a spread of African Rock Pythons as well, which are also large and very aggressive. I’ve personally seen some Guinea Fowl wandering around residential neighborhoods here in Fort Myers: but those are nothing to be scared of! Glad the FWC officer was ok… those warthogs can be tough if you do not show them respect!