For the first time since 2013, the Boston Red Sox are one win away from a spot in the World Series after their Game 4 win against the Houston Astros in the ALCS.
But Wednesday's 8-6 win, which put the Red Sox ahead 3-1 in the series, didn't come without controversy.
A ball launched from the Astros' Jose Altuve to right field looked like it was about to put the Red Sox in a tough spot, but Altuve was called out on a contentious fan interference ruling involving Boston outfielder Mookie Betts, changing the entire game.
Was Mookie Betts going to catch this ball? pic.twitter.com/uhKFAb3g6u— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) October 18, 2018
The call sparked debate on Twitter among fans, sports journalists and celebrities, including Hall of Famer Chipper Jones and supermodel Kate Upton, who is married to Astros pitcher Justin Verlander.
Wow! I agree with call, just can’t believe they got it right! Kudos to replay. Bet they have taller fences in Houston next yr.— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) October 18, 2018
So if a player is IN the stands fans are suppose to move over? If those are the rules MLB shouldn’t let fans sit there. They didn’t reach over the fence. @MLB— Kate Upton (@KateUpton) October 18, 2018
After replay, Altuve is ruled out. Memo to fans, keep your hands to yourself. That fan cost Altuve a home run. #Redsox #Astros #alcsgame4 https://t.co/adVo9YT9xx— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) October 18, 2018
Altuve is called out on fan interference after replay. I think that is a bad call. The ball was beyond the fence and Betts closed his glove before the ball arrived. I don't think he was going to catch that. 2-run HR goes away. #Astros #RedSox— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 18, 2018
The Astros fan said to have interfered with the play, Troy Caldwell, told the Houston Chronicle that he "didn't do anything wrong."
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