Twitter explodes over Jose Altuve controversially being ruled out on apparent HR

Jose Altuve was ruled out on fan interference when Mookie Betts reached over the wall to make a play on his ball. More

Jose Altuve was ruled out on fan interference when Mookie Betts reached over the wall to make a play on his ball. More

Altuve hit a ball deep to right field that appeared to be heading over the wall. Red Sox outfielder (and likely AL MVP) Mookie Betts leapt high and the ball caromed off his glove.

Then, he saw the signal: He was out, and couldn't believe it.

The potential home run taken away is significant given that Houston eventually lost the game to the Boston Red Sox by two runs - 8-6.

According to MLB Rule 3.16, "When there is spectator interference with any thrown or batted ball, the ball shall be dead at the moment of interference and the umpire shall impose such penalties as in his opinion will nullify the act of interference". "All of a sudden, it wasn't even a double, it was an out. Two runs the game ended up. that make me a little bit more upset".

Did West make the right call? "I don't understand what happened". It's hard to tell if Betts reached into the stands or the fans reached over the wall or if they met directly at the wall.

Upton then raised a question to Major League Baseball, tweeting: "So if a player is IN the stands fans are suppose to move over?" Altuve was ruled out and Springer was sent back to first base.

"The spectator reached out of the stands and hit him over the playing field and closed his glove", said the 65-year-old umpire. I'm 100 percent positive I was going to be able to catch that one. "I was over the line and the ball hit - I had my hands out, you can see it".

The ALCS just changed on the dime, thanks to a Houston Astros fan that wanted a playoff souvenir.

The Astros tied the game at 3 in the third.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch came out to argue the ruling. "So, yeah, I wish we had an angle that was perfectly along the fence line that would show".

The officials in Wednesday's game had originally ruled in favour of the Red Sox, deciding that Altuve was out as a result of fan interference when Betts' glove reached over the back wall and into the front row of spectators.

"My argument was more about the fact that the ball was leaving the yard. I'm not sure if Mookie makes that catch, a great athlete, but how it's an assumed out is unbelievable".

It didn't look like the Astros fans reached over the wall or intentionally interfered with Betts' catch attempt. Altuve was out because of fan interference.

"As long as the Astros come back and win this we'll be all right", Caldwell said.

They didn't, and now are facing elimination.

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