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Video: Nate McLouth's long foul ball

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Orioles leadoff man Nate McLouth nearly tied the game in the top of the sixth inning with this long foul ball:

The discussion immediately turned to whether or not the ball barely nicked the foul pole. Remember, by rule, if a ball touches any part of the foul pole, it's a fair ball and would be a home run.

The umpires went to replay review and came back with an upheld ruling. McLouth then struck out to end the inning and the Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth. But the discussion continued and will surely continue if the Yankees hold on to win.

Did the ball hit the foul pole? I have no idea. I don't understand how so many people on Twitter seem to be so sure. I feel like Yankees fans will see the ball not hitting anything, while Orioles fans -- and Yankees haters, of which there are many -- will see the ball changing direction as it went by the foul pole. For me, I just can't tell.

Thus, upholding the call is correct, in my opinion -- just as upholding an initial home run call would have been correct in my view. I just don't see any sort of conclusive or definitive camera angle showing that the ball either did or did not touch the pole.

Now, I'm sure that means I'm biased or in on some sort of Yankees conspiracy, so commence with the accusations ...

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