There are 9 innings to play, 27 outs to secure in every Major
League Baseball game. Every one counts. Every one must be recorded. There are no kneel downs. There is no stalling. No lead is safe. It’s that which fundamentally distinguishes
baseball from every other athletic endeavor.
And it’s that which (once again) bit the Detroit Tigers in the rear on
Sunday night in
However, at this point in Sunday night’s contest, the top of
Secondly, there are few fan gestures so empty as the ball toss-back. As I said, you no longer have the souvenir. So there’s that. Then there’s the whole throwing stuff onto the field is…well…not legal. And finally, and most importantly, nothing is achieved. Did you expect the ump to go out there and go, “Whoa! Hold on a minute! The ball came back in! It’s a live ball – batter is out?!” Sorry, the run(s) still count. It's a little late to play the "not in my house" game. Although I suppose that will make the opposition think twice before hitting a ball into your stands next time, right? Dumb.