The craziest way to end a World Series game – Obstruction Rule

I knew this World Series was going to be a good championship series; you have two teams that supposed to be there and I believe it will go 6 or 7 games with every game going to the wire.  I also knew there will be some twist and turns along the way, but I didn’t see Game 3 ending this far “outside of the box”.

The St. Louis Cardinals won Game 3 with a 5-4 score over the Boston Red Sox when Cardinals pinch-hitter Allen Craig scoring the winning run from third on an obstruction call when Will Middlebrooks kicked both legs up to try to prevent him from coming home after Jarrod Saltalamcchia‘s bad throw.

Third base umpire Jim Joyce called obstruction, the first time in World Series history a game was won on this call, but it was the right call.

Definition of the OBSTRUCTION RULE

Obstruction is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner.

Example:  A fielder dives at the ground ball and the ball passes him and continues to lie on the ground and delays the progress of the runner, he very likely has obstructed the runner.

Two important things:

  1. Middlebrooks’ intent is irrelevant according to rulebook. It doesn’t appear he intentionally got in Craig’s way, but that doesn’t matter. Once he gets in the way, it’s obstruction.
  2. The obstruction call is made only if Craig continues running. If he stops and retreats to third base, the obstruction goes away.

Obstruction call - BoSOX and Cards


Jim Joyce may have made the infamous incorrect call as a first base umpire that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game in June of 2010, but you have to give him an A+ for quickly making this call.





*Shoutout to WorldstarnewsHQ for the video!


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