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Max Scherzer just found out baseball is, in fact, a game of inches

Oct 19, 2013, 9:37 PM EST

Max Scherzer eyes

The scene: Runners on first and second after Tigers starter Max Scherzer walks both Xander Bogaerts and Jacoby Ellsbury to start the bottom of the third inning. Shane Victorino poorly attempts to advance both runners with a sacrifice bunt, popping up to a diving Scherzer in front of home plate. Dustin Pedroia then crushes a ball down the left field line, an obvious home run if it can stay to the right of the pole. It hooks just to the left and is ruled foul.

The ruling was challenged by Red Sox manager John Farrell, so the umpires left the field to review the play. After they emerged, they stuck to their original ruling of a foul ball. When play resumed, Pedroia grounded into an inning-ending 5-3 double play. The game remains scoreless at 0-0.

While the FOX broadcast was analyzing the review situation, they showed a replay of Scherzer reacting to the ball as it hung in the air. You’ll enjoy this .gif:

  1. jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    What drilled it home is that you could see the shadow of the ball pass over the foul poll. I do appreciate them going back to the 1975 call.

  2. emdash01 - Oct 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    If Cards-Red Sox is the World Series matchup, this will be a perfect GIF for my reaction!

  3. janessa31888 - Oct 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    For some reason the close up photo unnerved me.

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 19, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      sort of like the walkin dead ain’t it

  4. jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Ells was safe.

  5. titansbro - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Agree. Ellsbury didn’t beat the throw but he beat the tag.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Exactly. Not saying I would do better live. I called safe immediately, and my lady said he was out. One replay later she was on the fence.

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