Troy Caldwell: Fan Who Interfered With Astros' Home Run Ball

Doug Mendoza
October 18, 2018

And, given the razor-thin margin of the game four loss for the Astros, it could wind up being the call that ends the Astros run at a second straight World Series.

A mountain of controversy arose on a ball hit by Jose Altuve in the first inning of Game 4 of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros.

Alas, it seems like the Baseball Gods were not on the Astros side. Altuve said he had nothing against Caldwell, and would do the same thing as a fan and try to catch a ball.

Manager AJ Hinch of the Houston Astros talks with umpire Joe West after fan interference was called in the first inning during Game Four of the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 17, 2018 in Houston, Texas. "You would like to see a two-run homer be a two-run homer, especially to tie the game".

Instead, it may be the final nail in the coffin for the Astros' back-to-back championship dreams.

The angle of the video replays made it hard to determine whether Betts crossed the "plane" of the outfield wall while reaching up to make the catch. The call stood after a replay review that lasted more than three minutes. They matched the Red Sox run-for-run throughout the game and even had the bases loaded in the ninth. "However, should a spectator reach out on the playing field side of such fence, railing or rope, and plainly prevent the fielder from catching the ball, then the batsman should be called out for the spectator's interference".

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Jose Altuve hit a deep fly to right field.

A fan who identified himself as Troy Caldwell, insisted he wasn't reaching out over the fence when the ball hit his hand.

Bartman shot to infamy when he reached for and deflected a foul ball that Cubs outfielder Moises Alou appeared ready to catch in a pivotal postseason game.

Altuve being called out put George Springer back at first with two outs in the bottom of the first. But Jackie Bradley Jr. homered for the second night in a row for the Boston Red Sox in an 8-6 victory Wednesday, putting them up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Also: "I'm going to need security to escort me out of here if the Astros don't come back to win this".

"I normally don't get mad at the umpire's call".

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