Did Alex Rodriguez get away with a phantom tag on the world's best baseball player?
Television replays showed that Jose Reyes may have gotten punched out by home plate umpire Jerry Layne on a phantom tag at third base.
Here's how it went down: Reyes reached on an infield single to lead off the seventh. He tagged up at second on Justin Turner's fly ball to center. Reyes then attempted to get to third when Eduardo Nunez bobbled and booted the relay throw.
But Nunez recovered and made a throw that seemed to get to third at the same time Reyes was sliding in. Layne, who seemed to take an angle that probited him from seeing the tag, called Reyes out. Television replays showed that Reyes slid in safely as Rodriguez never hit him with the tag.
Reyes immediately got up and argued with Layne. He was restrained by Mets third base coach Chip Hale, who also got into it with Layne. Terry Collins left the dugout and started jawing at Layne. He was eventually tossed by the ump.
Before the game, Rodriguez called Reyes "the world's greatest player."