View Full Version : You make the call

10-06-2007, 03:35 PM
Was this Boston fan justified in taking the foul pop away from Angels catcher Jeff Mathis giving Manny new life at the plate. Ramírez walked to load the bases, then Mike Lowell hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 3-3.


The Angels catcher didn't have a problem with it.

Angels catcher: 'He made a good play' (http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2007/10/angels_catcher.html)

10-06-2007, 03:58 PM
The ball was well out of the field of play. It would have been out of the field under normal circumstances, and with the addition of the photographers' area in front of the stands, no way was it interference.

10-06-2007, 04:00 PM
What Fox said is perfect.

10-06-2007, 04:03 PM
The home plate umpire, right at the scene, pointed to the stands, indicating that the ball was fair game for the fans to go after. That's all you need to know. THE UMPIRE ON THE SCENE IN THE BARTMAN CASE DID EXACTLY THE SAME THING. So leave the little guy alone, you moron Cubs fans.

10-06-2007, 04:10 PM
Good play by that Boston kid. It was out of the field of play, the players know that when they go to that area. So I'm basically echoing what was already said.

10-06-2007, 04:55 PM
No, the ball was out of play.

10-06-2007, 11:15 PM
This story appeared in my local paper, written by Jimmy Golen of the Associated Press. The headline? "This fan not another Bartman." :rolleyes:

The way the story was written implied that, unlike 4 years ago, the fan did not reach into the field of play.

I'm just completely disgusted by this --- to the continual references to Bartman, and the constant implications that he cost the Cubs are World Series victory in 2003. It's too bad Bartman can't sue the Cubs, the Tribune, the AP, etc. for libel. Perhaps what he should do though is copyright the phrases such as "a Bartman", "or pulled a Bartman", etc., because it appears sportswriters and Cubs' fans will never let it go.