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Allen Craig reinjures left foot on Game 3 obstruction play

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10:58 AM ET 10.27 | Lost in the crazy finish to Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night was Allen Craig being carried off the field following the Cardinals' win. He scored the winning run on the walk-off obstruction call but had to slide into Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia at the plate. Craig, 29, missed roughly six weeks (and the first two rounds of the postseason) due to a left foot sprain. He was healthy enough to be added to the World Series roster to serve as the DH during games in the AL park and pinch-hit during games in the NL park. He's not ready to play first base just yet. "I feel okay," said Craig following Game 3. "It definitely was a little sore running home. We're going to see how it responds." Craig was in the trainer's room receiving treatment immediately following the game. When asked by our own Scott Miller if he has any reservations about playing in Game 4 and beyond, Craig said he hopes not but has to see how his foot feel following treatment.

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October 27, 2013  11:10 AM ET

Umps getting together so much these playoff you'd think they were sharing a joint.

October 27, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Umps getting together so much these playoff you'd think they were sharing a joint.

It doesn't matter how many times the Umps get together to discuss a call, as long as they get that call right!!!

October 27, 2013  11:14 AM ET

If Craig cannot bat in game 4 you can blame Matheny for not putting a pinch runner in for him even if it had to be a pitcher.

October 27, 2013  11:36 AM ET

The Playoffs and Series have been outstanding,sox got killed by a bad rule but The cards are filled with fight!

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October 27, 2013  12:13 PM ET

Ugh!

October 27, 2013  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The Playoffs and Series have been outstanding,sox got killed by a bad rule but The cards are filled with fight!

So are the Red Sox. It's not over yet.

October 27, 2013  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

it as the correct call and I have no horse in his race

Agreed... as soon as he tripped over the guy I yelled "Obstruction". And I have zero allegiance in this series.

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October 27, 2013  12:34 PM ET
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there is no controversy-just boston fans whining cause they lost the game on another bad throwthe 3b man was laying there IN THE WAY and then lifted his legs up to trip the runner.

I'm a Red Sox fan and I'm not questioning the call. Also, I feel Middlebrooks could have taken a half step off the 3rd base bag and caught Salty's throw. You see middle infielders digging out bad throws to second base all the time.

October 27, 2013  12:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The Playoffs and Series have been outstanding,sox got killed by a bad rule but The cards are filled with fight!

Not a bad rule or a bad call.

October 27, 2013  12:53 PM ET

Bad call. The players got tangled up when Middlebrooks was legally fielding the throw. As Farrell said last night, how/when is he supposed to get up after he is down? Again, they were already tangled before the so called obstruction,. Moreover, Middlebrooks was lying was between 2nd and 3rd not 3rd and home. Craig was not in the basepath for home, so it makes little sense to award him home. Another "perfect" call by Jim Joyce.

October 27, 2013  12:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Bad call. The players got tangled up when Middlebrooks was legally fielding the throw. As Farrell said last night, how/when is he supposed to get up after he is down? Again, they were already tangled before the so called obstruction,. Moreover, Middlebrooks was lying was between 2nd and 3rd not 3rd and home. Craig was not in the basepath for home, so it makes little sense to award him home. Another "perfect" call by Jim Joyce.

Hatrunner, it doesn't matter what you or I think. The Umps made the "right call", based on the rules of obstruction.

October 27, 2013  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Hatrunner, it doesn't matter what you or I think. The Umps made the "right call", based on the rules of obstruction.

Okay, oldtimer. Then, let's all take the day off and not opine on this or any other subject.

October 27, 2013  01:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If Craig cannot bat in game 4 you can blame Matheny for not putting a pinch runner in for him even if it had to be a pitcher.

I thought that at first. I think Matheny believed Crig to be a meaningless runner at the time. Matheny didn't want to burn another player unless it was needed. Craig was a meaningless runner until Molina was out at the plate. That's where I thought the bad call was made. Why not hesitate long enough to make sure th ball gets through? Bluff going to home to draw the throw, but don't go when you're going to caught easily. Craig hesitated to make sure Molina was running. That's the only reason there was a play at 3rd.

October 27, 2013  01:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Bad call. The players got tangled up when Middlebrooks was legally fielding the throw. As Farrell said last night, how/when is he supposed to get up after he is down? Again, they were already tangled before the so called obstruction,. Moreover, Middlebrooks was lying was between 2nd and 3rd not 3rd and home. Craig was not in the basepath for home, so it makes little sense to award him home. Another "perfect" call by Jim Joyce.

You're wrong. It was the correct call. The problem is that the Sox didn't score in the top of the 9th and the Cards put themselves in a position to win by having runners on 2nd and 3rd with only one out. If the Red Sox were in this position and their runner got interfered with you would be screaming foul.

October 27, 2013  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

You're wrong. It was the correct call. The problem is that the Sox didn't score in the top of the 9th and the Cards put themselves in a position to win by having runners on 2nd and 3rd with only one out. If the Red Sox were in this position and their runner got interfered with you would be screaming foul.

My problem isn't with the call but what was Salty doing throwing to 3rd? If he held on to the ball we wouldn't even be talking about this.

October 27, 2013  02:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Ugh!

That was a lot nicer than my initial response

October 27, 2013  02:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

My problem isn't with the call but what was Salty doing throwing to 3rd? If he held on to the ball we wouldn't even be talking about this.

I wondered why he didn't hold the ball. These are two very aggressive teams. So far that aggression has been working against both teams.

 
October 27, 2013  02:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Bad call. The players got tangled up when Middlebrooks was legally fielding the throw. As Farrell said last night, how/when is he supposed to get up after he is down? Again, they were already tangled before the so called obstruction,. Moreover, Middlebrooks was lying was between 2nd and 3rd not 3rd and home. Craig was not in the basepath for home, so it makes little sense to award him home. Another "perfect" call by Jim Joyce.

Right call, right time. Obstruction is obstruction. Don't care for Joyce, but he nailed the call. If the legs stayed down, there would have been no call. Nice try but you got caught.

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