Ortiz's clutch HR upheld on review
April, 9, 2014
By Tony Lee | Special to ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- David Ortiz's big three-run homer in the eighth inning Wednesday night sent Fenway Park into a frenzy. However, it wasn't official until a replay review confirmed the ruling on the field.
The blast, which vaulted the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers, traveled high over Pesky Pole before landing in the grandstand in right. Ortiz watched it sail for several seconds while standing at home plate but then confidently went into his home-run trot. Meanwhile, multiple Rangers signaled that the ball was foul.
"It was pretty close but I knew it was fair," Ortiz said. "I want to make sure it was fair. I stayed watching it."
Moments later, Texas manager Ron Washington emerged to discuss the matter with the umpires, who decided to put the home run to a replay review. While the game largely hung in the balance, the Red Sox remained confident.
"From our angle it's extremely difficult to tell," manager John Farrell said. "[First base umpire] Jerry Meals makes the fair call on the homer. We felt like it would be inconclusive at best with any kind of replay that was available. We made a call ourselves just to see what the video was showing."
It took just 44.1 seconds for the crew to signal home run, and Boston wrapped up the win moments later.
Ever confident, Ortiz felt that he got almost too much of the ball for it to curve out of play.
"Saw it all the way. The wind was blowing hard down the line. Since making good contact with it, that probably was the benefit I had to keep it fair."