A-Rod's HR A-Ok After Review

Last night saw Alex Rodriguez make history. Batting in the top of the 9th, Alex hit a ball down the left field line and over the foul poul. Question here, was it fair or foul? Since the ball went over the poul in left, there was no clear answer.

Rodriguez rounded the bases as if it were fair. The third base umpire also called it fair. No so fast, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon came out to argue, thus cuasing the umpires to institute Instant Replay. This was the first instance in which Instant Replay was used in Major League Baseball history. Two minutes later, the ball was called fair and the play was a homerun and Alex had his 31st homerun of the season and 549th of his career, putting him alone 12th on the all-time list.

Crew chief Charlie Reliford had this to say about the play:
“A fair ball is fair when it leaves the playing field. That’s why the foul poles are there to help us. We had it going right over the pole, all four of us had it going right over the pole on the field. Our views of the replays confirmed that. It was not inconclusive, it was conclusive that Brian’s call was correct. Everything went exactly like they trained us it would go.”

A-Rod's homerun capped an 8-4 Yankees victory, their 3rd in a row and 4th in a row over the Rays. To go along with the homerun, Rodriguez went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI.

What makes A-Rod such a special player is not only is he talented and one of the game's best, but he seems to always in the middle of controversy, so last night's events were nothing new for him.
"There are probably 800 players in the big leagues, the odds of me being in controversy are probably 2 to 1," he said. It's funny; somehow I find myself in those situations all the time."

The Yanks are playing consistent over the few days and you have to take that as a positive. While the mountain to climb to get to October is still a big one, the Yanks are doing what they can to get there. Let's hope for a sweep today and move the momentum on to Seattle this weekend, a team they are 6-0 against on the season. This is a September tougher than any other and the Bombers realize their next mistake may cost them their season, so the focus needs to remain. Taking the first two games of the series against the team with the best record in baseball is a start.
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