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Red Sox Ripped For Showing Replay

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In the first game of today’s doubleheader between the Yankees and Red Sox, Adrian Gonzalez hit a fly ball to left field that was caught by Andruw Jones. David Ortiz had been running on contact, not thinking that the ball was going to be caught, and was promptly doubled off at first base despite claims that Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was pulled off of the base by the relay throw.

Immediately after, a video replay of the play was shown on Fenway Park’s video board. Understandable considering it was a close play that affected the game, right?

According to Major League Baseball, they were wrong to do so. The Red Sox received a call from the commissioner’s office chiding them for electing to show the replay, going against a league rule to avoid showing controversial calls on video boards so as not to incite the crowd.

Translation: Major League Baseball would rather put blinders on fans who pay for tickets rather than show some accountability and adopt a system that utilized expanded use of instant replay. Talk about fan appreciation. Somewhere out there the NFL is laughing at the thought that baseball used to be America’s favorite sport.

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