The 2013 Red Sox are used to walk-off’s, but Saturday night’s walk-off wasn’t the celebratory kind for Boston.
In a wild ending to Game 3, Will Middlebrooks was called for obstruction after diving for a throw by Jarrod Saltalmacchia, tripping up Allen Craig in the process. Craig was attempting to make it to home after the throw got away from Middlebrooks, and he was eventually called safe at the plate because of the controversial call, allowing the Cardinals to squeak out the 5-4 victory in the bottom of the ninth.
The call will be, and has been already, disputed heavily, but the man behind the costly throw to third didn’t agree with the umpires’ call. After the game, Salty spoke to reporters to break down the play from his point of view, adding that once he got into the clubhouse and saw the replays, he still didn’t see it as obstruction.
“At the end of the day, if it was obstruction then, yeah, you’ve got to call it,” Saltalmacchia said. “It’s part of the game, but like I said, looking at the replay, I don’t know the rulebook in and out, but it didn’t look like to me [that] it was obstruction.”
Check out the above video to hear more from Saltalamacchia.