We’re back from Citi Field for the second game of the Nats’ three-game series against the Mets, hoping tonight’s game doesn’t feature any controversy. Though it will probably feature some precipitation.
The forecast is calling for showers all evening, and the grounds crew here just rolled out the tarp and covered the infield. That’s not a good sign.
As for last night’s controversial Gary Sheffield homer, I know folks back in D.C. are upset because they saw replays on MASN that appeared to clearly show the fan reaching over the fence and interfering with the play. My initial understanding last night was that the umpires only had access to the Mets’ SNY television feed, not MASN.
However, an MLB spokesman today told me that both teams’ TV feeds are captured by the league’s advanced media offices in New York and then sent to the ballpark. Umpires have access to both feeds.
So it would appear crew chief Larry Vanover and Co. did have access to the MASN replay. Which means either they didn’t think it was conclusive, or for some reason they didn’t watch it.
Vanover, of course, refused to speak to pool reporters after the game last night. So we’ll never know what exactly he saw or how he came to his final ruling.