World Series Game 1: Rangers Lose An Out In The Ninth To Blown Call (Video)

The new FOX infrared toy is neat, sure, but is it practical? That was debatable until Adrian Beltre came up in the ninth inning of a one-run game in the World Series. He hit a ball off his foot that went down the third-base line. He hopped and puffed and did the things you're supposed to do when you hit a rock-hard projectile off your foot, but the home-plate umpire ruled it in play, and Beltre was thrown out.

FOX's new fancy toy said something different:


Right off the ol' tootsie. Unfortunately, you know that. I know that. We all know that. But the umpire couldn't know that, and the Rangers lost an out. It was a really, really, really, really important out. Who knows what Beltre would have done with that out? Stretched Motte out more? Hit a single? A double? A homer?

He probably would have made an out because Motte is a nasty, nasty pitcher. But it's always tough to have to include a "what-if" in your game analysis. What if the call were made correctly? Don't know, but the end result was that the Cardinals took the first game of the World Series.

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