Controversial call gives Royals HR in Game 6 clincher
The Kansas City Royals booked a return trip to the World Series on Friday night with a pressure-packed and briefly rain-delayed 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The game wasn’t without its share of controversy. With the Royals up 1-0 in the second against David Price, Mike Moustakas cracked a line drive to right-center that a fan caught on the fly. The problem, however, arose when it became a question whether the fan interfered with the ball … prompting a replay review, which the Royals won.
The Royals might have had a 2-0 lead, but there was much discussion of the original play on social media … with some folks even likening it to the infamous Jeffrey Maier catch in Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles:
They Maier may not overturn this
— Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe) October 24, 2015
Caleb Humphreys, 19, of Blue Springs. Kansas City's Jeffrey Maier: pic.twitter.com/7cW6l3dBUu
— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) October 24, 2015
I guess Jeffery Maier grew up to be a Royals fan.
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) October 24, 2015
Somewhere Jeffrey Maier is raising a glass of bubbly in salute and Tony tarasco is crying
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 24, 2015
As for Friday’s game: Some might argue the call and take issue with MLB’s review system awarding Moustakas a home run. However, the Jays also went a dismal 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position (including stranding the tying run at third base with nobody out in the ninth inning).
In hindsight, Moustakas’ blast and the subsequent fallout was a principle moment in a game that had many.
After the dust settled, the Royals set a date with the New York Mets on Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Series.