What a black eye for Major League Baseball in a showcase, nationally-televised, Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN.
With the Phillies and Braves tied in the 9th, Didi Gregorius lifted a fly ball to left field, with Alec Bohm tagging from third and scoring the winning run. The problem? Bohm quite clearly never actually touched home plate, and even after a review, the MLB crew in New York looking at the plate somehow still got it wrong:
Alec Bohm scored on this bang-bang play in the top of the 9th.
It proved to be the winning run. pic.twitter.com/lEft3iW0S9
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 12, 2021
If that view didn’t look bad enough, here’s another angle slowed down, and it’s like, the dude’s foot clearly bounces right over the plate:
How do you all Alec Bohm safe on this???? pic.twitter.com/7XSW0C0ewW
— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) April 12, 2021
What is going on? I can’t wait to hear MLB’s explanation of this one, because it’s not like it’s a close call or on the fence or anything. Unless MLB has some in-house camera angle that they’ve shown no one yet – a camera angle that shows a magic-bullet-like bending of time and space by Bohm’s ankle – there is no excuse for this outcome.