Fenway Park is a historical landmark that is revered for its fan-friendly environment and old-school quirks, but one of those quirks led to quite a controversy on Friday night during the Blue Jays-Red Sox game at the Fens.
With runners on first and second in the top of the first inning, Jays first baseman Adam Lind ripped a shot down the right-field line that landed between Pesky's Pole and the yellow lines painted on the outfield wall. The umpire initially ruled the hit a home run, but after reviewing the play on instant replay, the crew called the ball foul.
The reversal delighted Red Sox fans, but immediately angered Toronto manager John Farrell and has since incited an uproar on Twitter. Baseball fans across the country are freezing their TiVos on the play and noticing that the yellow foul lines in right field at Fenway do not line up with Pesky's Pole.
On the list of universal ground rules in the MLB, the league lists all yellow lines in play. In Fenway Park's list of ground rules, there are no regulations regarding a batted ball in that Pesky Pole area.
Will that change?
Let the debate begin.