Thursday, September 04, 2008

The New Baseball

Instant replay was used for the first time ever last night in the Yankees 8-3 win over the first place Tampa Rays.
In the top of the ninth inning, Alex Rodriguez came up to bat and smashed a 2-2 pitched over the foul pole, and then hooking foul behind the pole, but in front of the useless foul pole extension 20 feet behind the legal pole.
The umpires initially rules it a home run and Rays cacher Dioner Navarro and manager John Madden argued that the ball was foul. As you will see in the video, there is the legal foul pole in which the ball crossed fair, then about 20 feet behind it, a piece of yellow scrap metal, or what the Rays call a foul pole extension, raises behind it giving the appearance of an extended foul pole. The scrap metal is not a legal pole, only to help the umpirs when they are in a direct line with the legal pole, and the extension.
A-Rods home run crossed above the pole but in fair territory, hooked foul behind it, so it appears the ball hooked foul before leaving the field.

Take a look at the video, and give me your ruling.


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  • Anonymous otilius posted at 12:06 AM  
    sorry to tell ya, sir, but you might ask Santa for a new pair of glasses for Christmas this year. it would have to be one magic ball to curve around the foul pole, as you say, and still hit the Fair Mesh on the home plate side. :P it was clearly fair and another A-Bomb from A-Rod. (oof, sorry again) :(

    tonight? 12-1 drubbing by the's "better luck next year" for us
  • Blogger cube posted at 11:29 AM  
    ... the first place Tampa Rays

    ahhh, I love the sound of that.
  • Anonymous ed posted at 10:51 PM  
    baseball + instant replay = no good. They should have left it as it was.

    hey i also started a site and hope that you can give me some feedback if you have some time.

  • Blogger Jim Gerl posted at 9:41 PM  

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