The St. Louis Cardinals built a 2-1 advantage in the 2013 World Series with a 5-4 win in a game that ended with plenty of controversy.
John Jay hit a single in the ninth off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara with Yadier Molina on third and Allen Craig on second. Molina was tagged out at the plate by his Boston counterpart, Jarrod Saltalamacchia. That is when the wildness started.
Allen Craig took a huge turn around third, so Saltalamacchia fired it to the bag – with a bit too much mustard on it. The ball skipped past Will Middlebrooks and into the outfield, so Craig turned to sprint home.
At that point, Craig tripped over Middlebrooks’ legs. He managed to recover, but outfielder Daniel Nava threw a strike to home plate and Craig was tagged out by Saltalamacchia.
Or so we all thought. It was ruled that Middlebrooks obstructed Craig’s path to home plate, so he was awarded the base, and as a result, the game. Wow.
Confused fans took to Twitter to try to straighten out the madness.
Sir, How exactly did you see the obstruction pic.twitter.com/8PxZhyaIU7
— Ryan O’Bernier (@RyanOBernier) October 27, 2013
“Intent doesn’t matter when Obstruction is called.” #WorldSeries So, a player making a play who gets in the way of another player is wrong??
— Peyton’s Head (@PeytonsHead) October 27, 2013
That was an obstruction injustice.
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) October 27, 2013
Seems like obstruction was the right call, but I won’t know if something larger was going on until I hear from Ray Lewis.
— Chase Stuart (@fbgchase) October 27, 2013
— Dan Amira (@DanAmira) October 27, 2013
Even if he didn’t try to trip him, intent doesn’t matter on obstruction. If you’re in the way of the continuing play, it’s interference.
— NL CHAMPIONS (@Cards_tweets) October 27, 2013
Middlebrooks wasn’t in the direct baseline from 3rd therefore obstruction shouldn’t have been called
— Logan Phifer (@PhifeVFL_24) October 27, 2013
it’s obstruction if you dont have the ball or are fielding the ball which middlebrooks wasnt.
— Jesse (@JFaulkNY) October 27, 2013
Obstruction call for a runner that couldn’t get up during the play. Nobody noticed he couldn’t get up after the play either? Horrible.
— Ron Ramos (@DodgerRon35) October 27, 2013
In baseball, you get penalized for obstruction. In Congress, you get famous for it.
— Dave Pell (@davepell) October 27, 2013
That’s why I don’t watch baseball. Too much obstruction.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 27, 2013
I haven’t seen an obstruction call in years! One to end a World Series game is unbelievable. Ballsy call, but right. Love it! #WorldSeries
— Shelley Duncan (@shelldunc) October 27, 2013
rule: not obstruction if ball on its way. the instant the ball has passed, then obstruction is called. seems broken
— Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) October 27, 2013
HOW CAN A WORLD SERIES GAME END IN AN OBSTRUCTION CALL?!
— Jake Norman⚾ (@JakeNorman10) October 27, 2013
#ObamaWasResponsibleFor the obstruction call in the world series
— Eli’s HEAD (@ElisHEAD1) October 27, 2013
Lou Holtz and Mark May can’t even agree on World Series obstruction calls.
— Jon Solomon (@jonsol) October 27, 2013
First time a #WorldSeries game has ever ended on an obstruction call. Ever. As in, never before. Crazy, crazy night.
— Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) October 27, 2013
It’s not even just the obstruction call. The strike zone was a total joke tonight. Can’t be happening in the World Series.
— (@teala) October 27, 2013
There is no such thing as “obstruction” in the weight room.
— Weight Room Probs (@Lifting_4_Life) October 27, 2013
So if you trip over a guy who isn’t in the base line, you get the obstruction call. Okay. Got it.
— Total Cubs Move (@TotalCubsMove) October 27, 2013
So Middlebrooks lifts his legs so they aren’t laying in the middle of the actual baseline and it’s obstruction. OK.
— Tim McGinnis (@Aisle424) October 27, 2013
That “obstruction” call was a horrible call, the runner was out.
— Macc (@NolanMacc) October 27, 2013
Youre only complaining if you DONT know the rules…. Doesn’t matter intentional or not it’s obstruction
— Eddie Gray (@Headward22) October 27, 2013
How do you call obstruction when he has the whole baseline to run. He tripped over middlebrooks who was half way to shortstop
— The Commish (@Commish14) October 27, 2013
Y’all are gonna hate this: Obstruction is now the “Tuck Rule” of the NFL. Bad rule called correctly in a high-pressure situation.
— Matt Lichtenstadter (@MattsMusings1) October 27, 2013
— Tracy St.Pierre (@TheTrace) October 27, 2013
It’s like if you have a rundown going and you don’t mean to run into the base runner, yet you still do. It’s still obstruction.
— Luke Maxwell (@LukeMaxwell25) October 27, 2013
So I’m having a hard time understanding this obstruction call. Someone explain it to me? I understand 98% of baseball..that falls in the 2%
— Allison Lee (@1313amlee) October 27, 2013
Boston people are pissed, but you would of been calling for obstruction if it was the other way around!
— Bobby Stout (@stoutB22) October 27, 2013
He was in his way of advancing, and warrants an obstruction call. Just cause it was late in a tie game doesn’t mean it isn’t a rule anymore.
— Tyler Wiseman (@tyler_wiseman) October 27, 2013
Weak obstruction call but it’s the rule. What a way to end the game.
— Maseer Rabbaig (@imase07) October 27, 2013