Where have we heard this before?
A fan interfered with a home run at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Only this time, the call didn’t go in favor of the hometown team. That led New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone to blow a gasket and earn his first ejection of the season.
In all happened in the third inning when New York’s Gleyber Torres hit a would-be three-run home run that was deflected by a fan right as Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon stuck his glove over the wall.
An official review was quickly requested by the Royals. After several minutes of deliberation, it was determined the fan reached over the wall and prevented Gordon from making a potential home run-robbing catch.
It’s difficult to say with any certainty that Gordon would have made the catch, but it’s clearly close enough that replay officials felt comfortable overruling the original call.
That was bad news for the fan, who was immediately ejected from the ballpark.
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It was bad news for the Yankees too, at least temporarily.
Torres was ruled out, while the runners were forced to return to the their original bases. The Yankees ended up not scoring in the inning, but got a three-run homer that counted the next inning from Michael Tauchman. New York went on to win the game 9-2.
Aaron Boone, on the other hand, did not agree with or appreciate the overturned call. He was quickly ejected after storming on the field to confront the umpires.
Harkens back to Jeffrey Maier
Any time there’s a fan interference call in a Yankees game, our thoughts immediately go back to Oct. 9, 1996. That’s the night a 12-year-old fan named Jeffrey Maier reached over the right-field wall at the previous Yankee Stadium to pull in Derek Jeter’s long fly ball.
Despite the clear interference, Jeter was awarded with a game-tying home run. The Yankees would go on to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of the ALCS.
To this day, it’s still one of the most talked about moments in postseason history.
Had replay existed then, the course of that series likely would have been different. Instead, the Orioles have always been forced to wonder what might have been.
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