There are rules in baseball that are somewhat imprecise in nature. The check swing for example. Did he go? Could be! I don’t know! Another one along those lines is the balk. Sometimes the umpire sees a pitcher commit a balk but no amount of slow motion video can make it clear whether he did or didn’t do it. Half the time it seems balks are imperceptible to even those calling them. I mean if you look at a pitcher closely enough, you’re bound to see something.
It’s similar to staring at a statue waiting for it to move. If I watch closely enough, maybe I’ll convince myself I saw something. Even if I didn’t. Because it’s a statue.
Then there are the odd times when a balk is so obvious, so totally blatant, that people in line for the bathroom at the park can tell it happened. This is one such time.
Franklin Morales has been doing a bang up job as a fill-in in the Red Sox starting rotation. In this particular game, Morales did a fine job shutting down the Rays un-vaunted of...