Mookie Betts, Astros Fan Give Differing Accounts Of Disputed Interference Call

Kate Upton has thoughts about the ALCS that cost the Astros a homer people. More

Kate Upton has thoughts about the ALCS that cost the Astros a homer people. More

After the Red Sox plated two runs in the top of the first inning, Houston responded with a George Springer single and what appeared to be a Jose Altuve home run to tie the game at two. One of the fans strongly denied during the game that he had committed interference, claiming that he never reached over the wall into the field of play.

It is pretty incredible that in this day and age when all sports are using all sorts of technology to review calls, we still have an issue with fans leaning over a fence.

'I don't understand what happened.

"He just said there was fan interference on the field", Hinch said of umpire Joe West's explanation to him for the call.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch talked about the play in an in-game interview with TBS.

"That was a ball I could catch. That is why I called spectator interference". He does so at his own risk.

"I didn't reach over the wall". "But as I jumped and went over, reached my hand up, I felt like somebody was kind of pushing my glove out of the way or something".

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That would have been a two-run homer and made it a 2-2 game in the bottom of the first.

'No interference shall be allowed when a fielder reaches over a fence, railing, rope or into a stand to catch a ball. Without obstruction, the ball clearly would have gone over the wall.

After those tense moments, the umpires came to the conclusion that the fan did indeed interfere, Altuve was called out, and the Red Sox were able to get out of the first inning with a 2-0 lead. I'm not sure Mookie makes that catch.

Caldwell claimed another fan was the one who actually touched Betts's glove. If those are the rules Major League Baseball shouldn't let fans sit there.

A fan wearing an orange Astros jersey, who identified himself as Troy Caldwell, insisted he wasn't reaching out over the yellow line atop the 7-foot-high fence when the ball hit his hand.

Now Houston's chances to repeat as World Series champions are almost out of reach after an 8-6 loss Wednesday night that put the Red Sox ahead 3-1 in the best-of-seven matchup.

Bartman immediately became a symbol of the team's cursed fortunes. "I'm going to need security to escort me out of here if the Astros don't come back to win this", he said.

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