Monday, October 1, 2012
Michael Morse Hits a Grand Slam With His Bat, Then Without It?
Not sure what the umpires were thinking here. Nationals outfielder Michael Morse put one over the right field fence against the Cardinals, but it was initially ruled a long single with Morse being thrown out getting back to first.
The men in blue got together and changed the ruling to a home run, but with the bases being loaded, they were a little confused as to who belonged where for their trot around the bases. They made the runners return to their positions, and even made Morse get back in the batter's box, then a live replay took place.
"I was like, 'What do you want me to do?'" Morse said. "So I look over to the dugout and everyone told me to swing and I was, like, 'I'm not going to swing.' But then Yadi [Molina] goes 'Swing! Swing!' I was, like, 'All right!' So I swung. And it was pretty cool. It felt like spring training. It felt like a drill."
The Red Sox won't even reach 75 wins this year, but at least baseball is still interesting. In a lot more ways than one, too, after watching the ridiculousness above. The Sox have three games left against the Yankees, and if they can play the spoiler, they can push the Yankees out of first place in the AL East, making way for the Orioles.
But elsewhere in baseball, the Nationals, Braves, Reds and Giants have clinched from the National League with one Wild Card spot remaining for either the Cardinals or the Dodgers. In the American League, the Yankees, Orioles and Rangers have clinched, with the AL Central up for grabs between the Tigers and White Sox, and one Wild Card spot remaining for most likely the A's, but even the Rays and Angels are still in it, with their elimination number down to one.