Model Kate Upton, the wife of Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, wasn’t too pleased about a call that went against her husband’s team Wednesday night.
In the bottom of the first inning of Game 4 of the ALCS, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve launched what appeared to be a game-tying, two-run home run over the right-field wall at Minute Maid Park. According to umpire Joe West, however, Boston’s Mookie Betts made a play at the ball and his well-timed leap was foiled by fan interference. Altuve was subsequently ruled out, and center fielder George Springer retreated to first base. Boos from the crowd ensued.
Upton was quick to join the chorus of frustrations. She shared a clip of the controversial play on Twitter and wrote, “Watch this video! Mookie’s glove is closed. That’s a home run. #[expletive]call.”
In an interview with sideline reporter Lauren Shehadi on the TBS broadcast, Astros manager A.J. Hinch also expressed his disagreement with West.
“I’m not sure if Mookie makes that catch,” Hinch said. “He’s a great athlete, but how it’s an assumed out is unbelievable.”
Per MLB rules, the batter shall be ruled out as a result of fan interference when a spectator reaches onto the field of play and clearly prevents a fielder from catching a fly ball. No interference should be called when a spectator comes in contact with the ball without reaching onto the field of play — even if a fielder might have caught the ball had the spectator not been there.
Upton’s husband will be back on the mound for Game 5 on Thursday.
— Kate Upton (@KateUpton) October 18, 2018