The Colorado Rockies edged out the Houston Astros 3-2 on Wednesday night in Denver thanks to a Charlie Blackmon walkoff home run. Walk offs are nice and dramatic, but the real story of this game actually happened in sixth inning.
Alex Bregman led off the inning with a triple, putting the Astros in a good place to extend their 2-1 lead. But wait! After a video replay review, the triple was overturned into an out, as the replay officials determined the ball was interfered with by a fan — which it clearly was.
However, the official rulebook concerning fan interference also states that the batter should only be called out on fan interference if the incident “plainly prevent the fielder from catching the ball.” This is where things get murky (and Bregman gets angry), because it’s hard to tell how obvious it is that Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra would have caught the ball if the fan didn’t touch it.
Here’s a clip of the play:
After the game, Bregman was still furious about the call, and went on a vulgar rant about the decision to call him out:
“It was a f**king joke, and they should be f**king ashamed of themselves,” Bregman said according to ESPN. “Obviously, the guy has never played f**king baseball before in his life, the guy in charge of whoever made that decision. There is no possible way you can say that a left fielder jumping backwards into a wall is guaranteed to make a catch.
“It changed the whole f**king game. We’re up 2-1 at the time, I’m at third base. We need a fly ball to the outfield to get me in, and it’s 3-1. It’s f**king horrible.”
Parra, on the other hand, certainly thinks he had it.
“I was surprised, because I put up my glove and the ball almost hit me in my face,” he said, according to MLB.com. “I said, ‘What happened? Did the ball move at the last second?’ I never saw the fan.
“When I saw the replay, I felt better. I said, ‘I’m all right. I’m not crazy.’ I thought, 100 percent, I had it.”
The fan was ejected, of course, because that’s what happened when you interfere with a live ball at a baseball game. At least it appears that he was an Astros fan, meaning he only screwed the team he was rooting for.