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Topic - Pete Kozma
No need for instant replay. The umpires overturned this blown call on their own.
Carlos Beltran reached over the bullpen wall to deprive David Ortiz of a second-inning grand slam, then rubbed his right side in pain. He soon left the game and the ballpark, headed to the hospital for X-rays.
Nearly a decade ago, the Boston Red Sox reversed The Curse. Now they're even getting key calls turned around in the World Series, leaving them on the verge of an opening Fenway Park sweep for the third time in 10 seasons.
Just think how much we like to watch wild arguments in baseball, when a manager flaps his arms, throws his hat and hollers nose-to-nose at the umpire while the spit flies.
The scene in the visitors' clubhouse early Saturday morning was what could have been for the Washington Nationals.
Andrelton Simmons lifted a pop fly into shallow left field. Not a hard-hit ball, by any means, but at least 50 feet beyond the infield.
"So I was assuming," he added.
"You saw what happened the rest of the night," he said. "If I catch that ball and turn that double play, it stays nothing-nothing."