Umpires’ Early Reversal Helps Red Sox Open Up Lead In Game 1

October 24, 2013 2:06 AM
Umpires’ Early Reversal Helps Red Sox Open Up Lead In Game 1
" BOSTON (CBS) – The 2004 Red Sox’ championship run may never have been if not for two crucial umpire meetings in the ALCS which led to the reversal of calls in Boston’s favor. If the 2013 club ends up having the same ending to their season, a similar meeting of umps in the opening inning of the World Series will be remembered the same.

With runners on first and second and one out, David Ortiz hit a ground ball to second baseman Matt Carpenter, who flipped the ball to the second base bag. There, Pete Kozma tried to make the catch and turn a double play, but he never secured the ball.

Despite the drop, second base umpire Dana DeMuth ruled that the drop came on the transfer, meaning Dustin Pedroia, who was running from first to second, was out.

Manager John Farrell immediately ran out of the Red Sox’ dugout to protest.

The six umpires decided to get together for a meeting, and when it ended, they pointed for Pedroia to return to second base "

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