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Reactions to obstruction call in World Series Game 3

The Internet was naturally abuzz after the controversial call that resulted in the Cardinals' win on Saturday. Here are the hottest takes.

Rob Carr

The St. Louis Cardinals won Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday on a play that will probably be talked about for as long as people are talking about baseball.

Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was called for obstruction when the Cardinals' Allen Craig made contact with him while trying to advance to home plate. Middlebrooks was lying on the ground after attempting to catch an errant throw from catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and was unable to get out of the way.

Should the call have been made or not? That has predictably been a hot conversation on Twitter since the conclusion of the game. Here, you have a guy who has spent a lot of time watching and covering baseball offer a completely different opinion than a guy who has played the game for many years:

To Hall's point, Craig appeared to be a fair distance away from the baseline when he got to his feet and began to run toward home plate. However, as long as the runner is within three feet of the baseline, he isn't considered to be out of it, per MLB Rule 7.08.

Dale Murphy chimed in with an explanation of a runner establishing his own baseline:

Whether or not Middlebrooks intended to impede Craig's progress was another hot topic within the topic, but the umpires addressed that in a press conference shortly after the game:

There is a crowd of folks who believe that, regardless of the validity of the ruling, the Red Sox deserved to lose because of Saltalamacchia's ill-advised throw. One of the all-time great catchers in baseball history is among them:

As expected, some people are just downright mad. The best example of that is the guy who started the game for the Red Sox, even if his anger might be a bit misguided (via Jesse Spector of Sporting News):

This situation is serious business. The call could wind up being the difference between which team wins the World Series. But still, we need jokesters to keep the mood light, right?

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