We’re not even fifteen minutes into Game 1 of the 2013 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox and we already have controversy.
In the bottom of the first inning, with Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia on first and second base, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz hit a ground ball to Matt Carpenter who promptly tossed the ball to shortstop Pete Kozma for the force out. Except that on the transfer, he dropped the ball – or so the second base umpire thought, resulting in Pedroia being forced out.
Upon further review however (and relatively clear in real time) Kozma never had the ball and did not lose it on the transfer. Red Sox manager John Ferrell rushed onto the field and began talking with the umpires who all got together to discuss the ruling. After a few moments, the umpires decided to reverse their call, allowing Pedrioa back to second base, making the bases loaded.
That lead to Cardinals skipper Mike Mathney to rush onto the field and talk to the umpires, but the call had already been reserved, as it should have been.
The next batter, Mike Napoli, hit a bases clearing double go give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.