It was either an obstruction or the fact that he didn’t even touch the home base. It was an umpire call that either angered or excited fans.
After the ball got by, Middlebrooks, lying on his stomach, raised both legs and tripped Craig, slowing him down as he tried to take off for home.
"I just know I have to dive for that ball. I’m on the ground. There’s nowhere for me to go," Middlebrooks said.
Third base umpire Jim Joyce immediately signaled obstruction.
"With the defensive player on the ground, without intent or intent, it’s still obstruction," Joyce said. "You’d probably have to ask Middlebrooks that one, if he could have done anything. But that’s not in our determination."
Craig kept scrambling.
"He was in my way. I couldn’t tell you if he tried to trip me or not. I was just trying to get over him," he said.
Left fielder Daniel Nava retrieved the ball and made a strong throw home, where Saltalamacchia tagged a sliding Craig in time. But plate umpire Dana DeMuth signaled safe and then pointed to third, making clear the obstruction had been called.
"I was excited at first because we nailed the guy at home. I wasn’t sure why he was called safe," Middlebrooks said.
"We’re all running to home to see why he was called safe. We didn’t think there was any obstruction there, obviously. As I’m getting up, he trips over me. I don’t know what else to say."
The call aside, do you thin the Sox will get it together and push on or the Cardinals will continue their lead?