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Astros fan involved in interference call: ‘I don’t understand why it wasn’t a home run’

Astros fan Troy Caldwell, involved in ALCS interference call, attempted to explain what happened: ‘I don’t understand why it wasn’t a home run.’

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SportsPulse: MLB insider Bob Nigthengale details the chaos, reaction and explanation from the fan interference call during Game 4 of the ALCS and provides his take on if the umps got it right.
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Jose Altuve’s fly ball had home-run distance as it soared toward the right-field seats Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park during Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. 

Sitting in the front row, Houston Astros fan Troy Caldwell stood up and reached for what would be a memorable souvenir — a game-tying, two-run homer.

“I was over the line and the ball hit — I had my hands out, you can see it. I got like 800 pictures that already came to me — but I’m over the line and I put my hand out and the ball hit my hand,” Caldwell told the Boston Globe.

At the same time, Boston’s Gold Glove right fielder Mookie Betts leaped in front of Caldwell in an effort to make a spectacular catch. Except no one ended up with the ball. 

Umpire Joe West signaled fan interference and called Altuve out on the play.

“I never touched his glove,” Caldwell said. “I don’t understand why it wasn’t a home run.”

The call was reviewed by replay and upheld, as MLB officials could not determine conclusively whether Betts was still in the field of play when the interference occurred. 

“That’s about the worst call I’ve ever seen,” Caldwell said. “That ball was gone, no matter what. My hand wasn’t over the yellow.”

The Astros definitely felt the same way, with right fielder Josh Reddick saying, “I’m pissed off, we’re all pissed off” after their 8-6 loss. The Red Sox lead the series 3-1.

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