Red Sox Obstruction Call Means Cardinals Win Game 3

Game three of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals ended in a crazy way. If you missed this play, you can watch it here http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9888064

If you don’t have time to watch the clip, here’s a quick summary of the play:

Game three, 9th inning, St. Louis at bat. Yadier Molina was thrown out at home plate, then Boston catcher Jarrod Saltamacchia made a wild throw to Will Middlebrooks to get out Allen Craig at third. Middlebrooks and Craig collided, sending Middlebrooks to the floor. When he tried to get up, Craig tripped over him on the way to home plate, and the umpire called an obstruction call, giving the Cardinals a 5-4 win.

The obstruction rule in Major League Baseball is rule number 7.06, and chances are most baseball fans have never heard of it. I known for me, it is a definite first. To further explain, here is a part of the actual definition of the rule:

Major League Baseball Rule 7.06 – “If a play is being made on the obstructed runner, or if the

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batter-runner is obstructed before he touches first base, the ball is dead and all runners shall advance, without liability to be put out, to the bases they would have reached, in the umpire’s judgment, if there had been no obstruction. The obstructed runner shall be awarded at least one base beyond the base he had last legally touched before the obstruction. Any preceding runners, forced to advance by the award of bases as the penalty for obstruction, shall advance without liability to be put out.”

In layman’s terms, a player on the opposing team cannot in any way prevent a runner from proceeding to the next base or from scoring. So although Boston fans believe that call was absurd and it has never been used in World Series history, it is in fact, a rule.

In the end, Boston fans can rant and rave about the call, but it was ultimately not the reason for their loss. The obstruction call was just what had occurred after the terrible throw to third base. If the throw was better, there probably would not have been a reason for the collision and therefore “obstruction” to occur. And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Thankfully for Boston fans, the Red Sox came back in game four to beat the Cardinals 4-2. David Ortiz did his damage again, as he reached a plate on every appearance at bat. He hit a double, two singles, drew in a walk, and scored twice. The series is now tied 2-2 and game five will occur tonight at 8:07 PM on FOX. Ticket Monster has tickets available to this game and the rest of the series, as well as tickets to baseball games next year. Visit the site today for World Series Tickets to watch the Boston Red Sox take on the St. Louis Cardinals for the pennant.

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