Astros fan denies committing interference on overturned home run
Boston’s Mookie Betts has a ball bounce off his glove as fans in Houston try to catch it in Game 4 of the ALCS. (Frank Franklin II/Associated Press)
By Des Bieler October 18 at 12:34 AM
Wednesday’s Game 4 between the Houston Astros and visiting Boston Red Sox quickly became embroiled in controversy when a potential first-inning home run by Houston’s Jose Altuve was turned into an out after umpires ruled that fans had interfered with the attempt by Boston’s Mookie Betts to catch the ball. 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.
“I didn’t reach over the wall. I was on this side of the line,” Troy Caldwell told the Houston Chronicle. “I don’t understand what happened.
“I know the rules, and I didn’t reach over the line.”
The applicable MLB rule, labeled 3.16 in the official manual, states, “When there is spectator interference with any thrown or batted ball, the ball shall be dead at the moment of interference and the umpire shall impose such penalties as in his opinion will nullify the act of interference.” It adds, “If spectator interference clearly prevents a fielder from catching a flyball, the umpire shall declare the batter out.”
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