HOUSTON – The thought has come to mind almost anyone who has ever attended a baseball game: see the ball, try to catch the ball.
For two men it might be worthwhile to think again.
When Houston Astros designated hitter Jose Altuve with a 90.8 mph fastball in the first inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, Troy Caldwell and Jared Tomanek jumped from their seats and felt the opportunity to host a home race at home
A potential two-run home by Jose Jose Altuve Astros was disturbed by a referee who said that a fan Mookie Betts attempted to catch. Needless to say, people on Twitter had something to do
From the wildcard round through the World Series, we will cover the postseason 2018's aisle chairs in the front ranks of their resp. The strangers, both Astros fans, looked attentively to when Altuve's lineage screamed at them.
"The ball came hard," recalled Tomanek from his post in section 153, row 1, seat 1. "We wanted to catch it."
Just a problem. Someone else wanted that ball as well, and with his eyes on a World Series ring he was determined to get hold of it.
"I was pretty positive that I could catch him," Boston Red Sox, right-fielder Mookie Betts said: "[…] The valiant attempt to corrupt Altuve's liner became a controversial game in the first inning of the victory Red Sox against the Astros on Wednesday night. The 8-6 win gave the Red Sox a 3-1 lead in the Best-of-Seven series, a victory over the Fall classics.
Betts sprinted hard to the right wall and then went up in the air – He jumped well over seven feet – in a moment that dressed him, Caldwell, Tomanek and a few others in navy and orange, who also made a desperate sting put the scalded baseball made.
"This ball was coming ," said Caldwell.
As the ball entered that frenzied corner of an excited crowd of 43,277, those closest to its perceived landing zone were in position. About a foot separated their seats from the edge of the yellow-striped fence.
Tomanek, a 6-foot-4 man wearing a blue shirt with an orange lettering, pulled his body lightly into the waist. As he studied the trajectory of the ball and tried to stay on its side of the wall, he thought that a partial curvature was the best way to catch him. For him, it looked as if the ball landed right in his place.
Meanwhile, Caldwell stretched out both arms in a bright orange Astros shirt that had to move a few feet to the right and into Tomanek's compartment. In his eyes, the ball was his.
A third man in a white shirt with rolled-up sleeves sitting directly behind Caldwell and a fourth man to the right of Tomanek in a red Astros jersey orange hat were also knocked down. All four believed that they would outsmart the others for what they considered a historic Altuve runner.
But none of them would leave the ball park with a souvenir. Altuve would not credit a two-run homer. Just as Betts opened his glove to grab the ball from the mass of hands behind him, he felt something.
"I felt like someone was pushing my glove out of the way or something," Betts said. I think they wanted to catch the ball and shove my glove out of the way.
These repetitions, plus Caldwell and his three friends, indicate that it was Tomanek's hand.
"I do not think it hit any of us," said Tomanek.
red jersey, Al Pernitza, a spectator who traveled from nearby Victoria, Texas, with Tomanek and two of his relatives, said that if someone closed Betts glove, it was the outsider himself.
"When he was against the wall "The glove closed automatically," said Pernitza, a senior high school softball referee.
In the same second, Betts glove closed, the ball bounced off him and hit Caldwell's hand, from there it was back in the field and Caldwell said, "I never touched his glove, I can guarantee that," Caldwell said, "I definitely touched the ball. The ball hit me directly in the hand.
"I am so ashamed that I missed it."
Tomanek got out of whack: "I would have caught the ball but I played left field in high school, not right."  There was confusion for about four minutes as referees, managers and repeat officials tried to figure out what had just happened.
With the fans in the place where the controversial ball Jose Altuve stood you say that the glove of Mookie Betts was at least as far over the wall. pic.twitter.com/447gPzbpCO
– Coley Harvey October 18, 2018  When team and law pilot Joe West, who called Altuve for fan interference, made the final decision of Video recruits received in New York, the fans in sections 152 and 153 were buzzing.
Why does not Altuve complete the basics? What could you possibly repeat? Was not that a sure Homer?
"At first, I was not worried," Caldwell said. "I was like," It's a homer, no matter what, because I'm behind the line when it hit my hand. "
" I did not think it was a big deal. "
But it was a big one
When West was told that its reputation for a fly was to be maintained by a fan-interference, the parts of the Bullpen-Boxe were pale and during the rest of the evening the fans shared theirs
Soon enough, Caldwell was fingered on social media as the fan who meddled in the ball and put the game on a seesaw that eventually ended with Houston is running out.
Immediately Caldwell's cell phone shone The people watching from a distance bombarded them with Snapchat instant messages, screenshots of tweets accusing Caldwell of interfering, and text messages with multi-angled GIFs bouncing off Betts's glove and Caldwell's punch Hand.
Ultimately, fear of retribution by the angry branch of Ros fans – and a repeat of the notorious Steve Bartman foul-ball / interference moment in Chicago in the year 2003 – Caldwell left the scene. He thought that if he wanted to enjoy the rest of the game with his team, he had to mask his appearance.
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About two innings went by before they heard or saw him with Caldwell. Part of the reason was how busy his phone was. Interview requests poured in. "Good Morning America" was one of those who had found him and were looking for a comment.
When the top of Houston's batting order reappeared in the top third, Caldwell returned to his place. A moment earlier, Astros Center Fielger George Springer had blown up an unchallenged Leadoff homer about fifteen rows, causing the section to forget the previous Brouhaha for a moment.
When the party ended after Spring's demolition, a man died in a The brand new, dark blue Astros sweatshirt laden with food and a fresh beer in his hands dropped back into row 1, seat 1.
His biggest concern? His name has been deleted online. Caldwell insisted that he did not interfere with the ball and that he stayed behind the yellow line.
"If Boston wins this series, then Joe West is the MVP, I'll give it to you now." Said Caldwell, repeating the feelings he shared in this part of the ballpark.
As soon as these words left Caldwell's mouth, he jumped out of his seat and raised his arms solemnly. Altuve had rammed a ball off the left field wall to score an extra basisto. The Double, who had a strike after Springers Homer, let Houston roll. Later in the inning, Altuve scored to tie the game at 3.
Afterward, Caldwell declined to continue talking on the subject. When the game was over, he and his friends were led out of the stadium by a security guard, after being largely evicted. After going up a hall and into the main hall, the group disappeared.
"What would you do as a fan? I would do the same," Altuve said after the game. "How they try to catch the ball, I have nothing against him, he's another astro-fan, he's rooting for us and I appreciate his trying to help me."