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A-Rod Makes History (or... the Umps Do)
Thursday, September 04, 2008
A-Rod might not reach his usual 40+ homer total this year (THANKS, DL), but he will go down in history as the first player to have a homer officially reviewed by the brand spankin' new instant replay system.

He was the victim of a bad call earlier in the year, when his homer in Yankee Stadium was incorrectly ruled a double (if he winds up with 39 homers, he's going to be extremely bitter about that one). This time, with the help of fancy technology that has been available in other sports for years, when the officials were unsure as to whether a ball he smacked that hit the catwalk should be a ruled a homer, they were able to get the call right.

If you're an instant replay detractor, how are you feeling about things now that it's actually been used - successfully?


posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, September 04, 2008  
  • At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Joe said…

    I'm not an Instant Replay detractor, I'm a suppoter, but the fact is that the whole umpiring crew agreed that it was a HR without the replay.
    Even with ESPN's poor angle, it looked to me that it was pretty clearly fair when it went over the fence.
    We'll see what happens when replay reverses a call made on the field.
    (Like that one he bounced off the steps.)

  • At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey YC,
    I saw the a-rod's HR the other night, and heard Al Leiter mention that there was a yellow line that ran up the back wall extending the foul pole. Replays shown on TV clearly showd the ball hitting the wall to the left of the yellow line. Leiter mentioned this and said it should be a foul ball. So if the ups really got it right, what's up with the yellow line?
    Just wondering. Hope all's well.
    Good Luck

  • At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    YO mo,repin sdsu area,2003.Try this video out.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7ErY4Fj_sU
    I remember your dad knowing about the old yankees ,and the old all star games (nl/al)x2.but i don't remember you knowing about them.I remember my dad telling me such vivid stories about how big all the ball players were,and how much greater they were than the mere mortals,like us.But it's funny how i ran across across your website.But i will check back for your little updates.
    I bet your dad hates instant replay,i do too.glad to see you doing well.

  • At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Joe said…

    For JG:

    It's where the ball leaves the field, not where it lands that makes it fair or foul.
    ARod's hit hooked inside (the fair side) of the foul pole, and landed to the left of the yellow line. Once it left the field, it wasn't in play anymore.
    If a ball started out on the foul side of the pole, then tailed in, or the wind caught it or something and it landed in the seats on the fair side, it would still be a foul ball. (Giambi likes to hit those to right.)
    Baseball is played "inside the lines."
    The fence is one of the lines.
    The yellow line in Tampa is not in play. The foul pole is. (No wind in Tampa, either.)

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