Tag:Jim Reynolds
Posted on: October 19, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 1:29 am
 

Replay used selectively for Yankees

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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