As if it wasnt bad enough that half the Cardinal fans sold their tickets to Steelers fans so Phoenix Stadium became inundated with Terrible Towels two weeks ago, now this............
In case you slept under a rock this evening and missed the opener of the MLB NL Champ Series between Rado and Chase Fielders, this is what happened:
The umpires stopped Thursday night's Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Diamondbacks and the Rockies at Chase Field for eight minutes in the bottom of the seventh inning when fans began pelting the field with objects.
The fans reacted angrily after D-backs right fielder Justin Upton came in with a high slide to upend Rockies second baseman Kaz Matsui on the front end of a double play. Second-base umpire Larry Vanover made the interference call, which meant Augie Ojeda, who had grounded to third, was automatically out at first base.
The Rockies led, 5-1, at the time, and D-backs manager Bob Melvin argued the issue, but to no avail. The sellout crowd of 48,142 became unruly almost immediately after the call. During the brief intermission, the field was cleared of garbage and the game was able to resume.
The crowd didn't heed several announcements made on the public address system asking fans to refrain from throwing objects on the field.
According to Major League Baseball Rule 7.09(e):
"It is interference by a batter or a runner "when and if, in the judgment of the umpire, a base runner willfully and deliberately interferes with a batted ball or a fielder in the act of fielding a batted ball with the obvious intent to break up a double play, the ball is dead. The umpire shall call the runner out for interference and also call out the batter-runner because of the action of his teammate. In no event may bases be run or runs scored because of such action by a runner."
Chris Snyder had opened the inning with a double and Upton had been hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with none out against Colorado left-hander Jeff Francis. Ojeda grounded to third baseman Garrett Atkins, who made the relay throw to second. Matsui took the throw and decided not to make the relay, stepping off the base toward the third-base side. Upton upended Matsui where he stood.
After Vanover made the call, Snyder was sent back to second base as per the rule.