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

Heather Diaz
October 18, 2018

One of those angry fans was Kate Upton, whose husband, Justin Verlander, will pitch Game 5 for the Astros.

Alas, it seems like the Baseball Gods were not on the Astros side. The ball bounced off his glove and back into the field of play.

The Red Sox caught a break with the way West made the initial call on the field. A lengthy review followed, producing what were probably the most-pressure packed moments of the ALCS as the outcome threatened to have series-changing implications.

The officials in Wednesday's game had originally ruled in favour of the Red Sox, deciding that Altuve was out as a result of fan interference when Betts' glove reached over the back wall and into the front row of spectators.

No matter which side of the fence you're on, that call may prove to be the biggest in this series. It's hard to tell if Betts reached into the stands or the fans reached over the wall or if they met directly at the wall.

It is pretty wonderful 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. They matched the Red Sox run-for-run throughout the game and even had the bases loaded in the ninth.

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"That was a ball I could catch".

Mookie Betts looked like he was about to make one of the best catches in recent playoff memory.

The potential home run taken away is significant given that Houston eventually lost the game to the Boston Red Sox by two runs - 8-6. It happened in the first inning, when Caldwell tried to catch a ball coming down near his seat in the right-field stands, explains USA Today. Neither did, but the ump ruled that Caldwell interfered with Betts and called batter Jose Altuve out.

It appears Betts reaches over the fence in an attempt to catch the ball, which looked to be beyond the fence, but there apparently was not enough evidence for the call to be overturned.

Caldwell also told ESPN that while the ball hit his hand, he didn't make contact with Betts' glove, claiming a fan next to him hit Betts' glove while going for the ball. Without obstruction, the ball clearly would have gone over the wall.

"As long as the Astros come back and win this we'll be all right", Caldwell said. I got like 800 pictures that already came to me - but I'm over the line and I put my hand out and the ball hit my hand.

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