Warning: Story contains coarse language
In the first inning of Game 4 of the ALCS, Jose Altuve seemed to hit a game-tying two-run homer into the right-field stands that promptly bounced back into play off of Mookie Betts' glove. However, right field umpire Joe West ruled that fans in the stands interfered with the Boston Red Sox outfielder and his ability to catch the deep fly, which was upheld by review, resulting in Altuve being ruled out.
From the rulebook of Major League Baseball, highlighted by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, "no interference shall be allowed when a fielder reaches over a fence, railing, rope, or into the stands to catch a ball."
Of course, the view that would definitively prove whether or not the fans reached over the wall or if Betts reached into the stands looked like this:
Naturally, the controversial call from veteran umpire and crew chief West resulted in some notable Twitter reactions.
Kate Upton, noted supermodel and wife of Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander, said the call was "bullshit":
Hall of Famer and Atlanta Braves great Chipper Jones had another take, siding with West:
Jeff Francoeur agreed with Jones, believing the assumption that Betts makes that catch is enough:
Former catcher J.P. Arencibia seemed to agree with Jones, adding that Betts' glove was clearly closed by the fan:
Astros pitching prospect Brandon Bailey sided with the call on the field as well:
The rest of Twitter was a little more divided: