We Canadians have a reputation for being overly POLITE . . . if you don’t count Justin Bieber. . But apparently that’s not the case if the baseball season is on the line.
The Toronto Blue Jays played the Texas Rangers in the deciding game of an American League Division series yesterday, and there was a weird play in the seventh inning.
When the catcher for the Blue Jays threw the ball back to the pitcher, it hit the batter’s bat and landed near third. And when the runner on third saw it, he ran home.
Before he got there, the umpire signaled batters’ interference and said it was a dead ball. But it ISN’T interference if the batter is IN the batter’s box at the time . . . it’s a LIVE BALL. So they corrected the call and ALLOWED the run.
That put the Rangers up 3-to-2, and the fans were FURIOUS. They threw beer cans and trash onto the field, and one beer from the upper deck hit a woman who was holding a BABY.
It took a while, but they eventually got the crowd calmed down enough to continue. The Blue Jays ended up winning, and advanced to the next round.
And surprisingly, the guy from the upper deck was CAUGHT. And he could be facing charges. A police Twitter feed announced, quote, “FYI: The baby [was] sprayed with some beer. Police have made an arrest and charges are expected.”
(Here’s video of the play, and here’s the woman with the baby. You don’t actually see them being hit, just the aftermath.)
( Is it a bad idea to bring a baby to a game like that? Baseball SHOULD be safe for families, but what about a playoff game where everyone’s more amped, loud, excitable, and drunk?)
(As for the call, you could argue it was unfair for the umpire to signal a dead ball and then go back on it, because the Blue Jays didn’t attempt to field it. But it doesn’t seem like they had any chance of throwing the guy out anyway.)
Jerome Messam and Kevin Glenn are no longer with the Riders.
The team sent Glenn to Montreal for a 5th round draft pick and then sent that pick along with Jerome Messam to Calgary for a 3rd round pick, a player off of Calgary’s negotiation list and kicker Tyler Crapigna (Cruh-pin-ya)
GM Jeremy O’Day says it was the organization’s thought Messam didn’t want to be here moving forward as he will be a free agent at season’s end. After doing a season worth of call in shows this seems to be what the fans want, let’s see the young guys play!
Win the Day! Ballsy