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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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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!