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Replay used selectively for Yankees

Posted on: October 19, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 1:29 am
fan interferrence If you're going to have replay, why not use it?

It looked as if the ball Robinson Cano hit was going out, but the fan in the Derek Jeter jersey had his hands over the wall and hit Nelson Cruz's glove. That's tough to see with the naked eye. Jim Reynolds was the umpire on the right field line and he was adamant the ball was out. It just seems egotistical not to look at it. If you're so sure you're right, the video will back you.

The instant replay can be used for fan interference, why not look at it in that case?

I'm don't think it would have been overturned, but what would it hurt to have looked? If the goal is to get it right, it wasn't even close -- you've got to look at that. In Game 3 of the Reds-Phillies series, a similar play -- one that wasn't even nearly as close -- was reviewed on a Chase Utley home run. The umpires saw it quickly, and upheld the call in about a minute. At least the replay would show the Yankee fan in the Jeter jersey was a lout.

Reynolds got it wrong again on Lance Berkman's apparent homer. The umpires did look at it and overturned the call. They got one right, at least. But both should have been reviewed.

UPDATE: The Star-Ledger 's Brendan Prunty spoke to one of the fans who reached over (clearly in the picture) the wall to get the ball.

"It was definitely over the wall," said 20-year old Jared Macchirole, a Penn State student from Queens. "It hit the cement before I got to it."

Of course, Macchirole is seen going clear over the wall to judge the ball that was "definitely over the wall" so his judgement may not be so keen.

Macchirole said the ball hit his brother Jay, sitting to his right, before it hit him.

After the play, TBS replays showed Jared Macchirole making obscene gestures at Cruz and yelling at him, which Macchirole (who is not turning out to be the state's best witness) denies.

"I saw him pointing at us," Macchirole said. "But I couldn't hear what he was saying. Everyone was celebrating."

UPDATE: The two claim to the New York Daily News that they didn't touch Nelson's giove at all. Although someone did, since replays clearly showed Nelson glove being smooshed. Of course, Macchriole reportedly denied making obscene gestures toward Cruz, which can be seen on many screengrabs across the internet.

"We didn't touch his glove," Jay Macchirole told the Daily News . "A lot of people were just going for the ball. He didn't touch his glove."

UPDATE: Texas manager Ron Washington didn't ask for a replay review, Reynolds said.

"From the angle I had, I was very confident that I got the call write," he told reporters (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ).

Crew chief Gerry Davis said after seeing the replay that he believed the crew got the call right.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Sep 25, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:48 pm

Replay used selectively for Yankees

did you see the play, the fan nocked the glove. how is that not fan interferanse?

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:36 pm

Replay used selectively for Yankees

One fan gets the ball the other fan went for the glove of the out fielder watch the replay and when the fan on the left looks down and goes for the glove. Why get right when you can get it wrong .

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:29 pm

Replay used selectively for Yankees


The replay clearly showed that the fans impeded Cruz from being able to catch the ball.  The umpire, in his arrogance, decided that there was no need to look at the replay.  The whole point is that if you are going to have instant replay and have a play where you can review, then WHY NOT REVIEW IT.  Even, if at the very least to confirm the umpires call.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:24 pm

How Do The Umps Blow EVERY Call?!?!

The Playoffs have been stunning. How do the MLB umpires blow EVERY close call this year. It is utterly unbelievable. There have been a dozen terrible calls. It is so bad this post-season that you almost want to use video only to call the games, now.

Since: Jun 29, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:18 pm

Replay used selectively for Yankees

I disagree. If the replay shows the HR probably would have stood, then calling for the umpires to look at the replay will only legnthen  the game. If the umpire is confident that his call is correct and the replay agrees his call is correct, we should compliment the umpire not bash him.

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